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He believed Brexit “divided society” and said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if a large number of Britons decided to flee the country.
The star felt some may consider “heading off and living on an island” to escape the “fallout” after departing from the EU.
In 2019, Fogle told the Irish News: “I’m tempted. That’s part of the inspiration for our plans as a family.”
Ben Fogle felt ‘English pride’ and ‘identity’ was ‘most important’ after Brexit
Ben Fogle returns to Channel 5 screens tonight on Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild
Fogle added: “You make your own rules, you make your own destiny and you’re your own boss.”
While he predicted mass migration to escape Brexit, the TV star also remarked that Britons were more than capable of “weathering the Brexit storm”.
Fogle urged leaders and the public to “stop whingeing and just get on with it”, during a 2017 interview with The Sun.
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Ben Fogle thought ‘English patriotism’ had been ‘hijacked’ by far-right groups and made ‘squeamish’
Fogle said: “I just want us to pull our socks up and I know we can do well.”
During trips to different parts of the UK, he noted “parts of the nation” were “so angry about Brexit” because they longed for it “to work”.
In Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Fogle received “a round of applause” when he asked if it “was time to reclaim our national identity and take pride”.
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Fogle claimed remarks about being a “proud Englishman” had “often” been “mistaken and muddled with xenophobia, anti-immigration and racism”.
He believed the negative association with patriotism stemmed from “the British National Party (BNP) and other far-right parties”.
Fogle argued those groups had “hijacked” English pride and made “many of us feel squeamish about” it.
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Fogle admitted being “slightly nervous” before the statement because he was sure he would “get criticism” for it.
He described the remark as “the most un-PC I’ve ever been” but countered that it was “ridiculous” to think that way.
The star revealed that “even” his publisher “asked at one point to change the title of the book to ‘British’”.
Fogle claimed he was criticised by the public “whenever” he tried to speak about the book.
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“They would say, ‘You mean Britishness?’”
Fogle described it as “sad” that English people were “not allowed to celebrate our Englishness”.
He added: “I do believe a lot of people are proud to be English!”
Fogle thought criticism from “the Scots or the Irish” about being a proud Englishman was “fascinating” because it was hypocritical.
Ben Fogle felt Brexit was the time for Englishmen to ’embrace’ and be ‘proud’ of their country
Fogle believed it was vital in a post-Brexit world to embrace what it means to be English.
He said: “Now we’re breaking free from Europe, it’s more important than ever to have a very strong identity that we should be proud of.
“I also strongly believe it’s our Englishness that will weather the Brexit storm.
“We’ve always been a nation that has batted way above our level.”
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild airs at 9pm tonight on Channel 5.