Sir Michael Caine, 87, has remained a staunch supporter of Britain’s plan to leave the European bloc. The actor revealed his motivation behind his support of the campaign was to give the UK independence over its governance and bluntly stated it was nothing to do with racism or anti-immigrant sentiment. During interviews around the time of the referendum, he made an impassioned speech about British pride being the reason to withdraw from the EU regardless of the consequences.
The ‘Italian Job’ film star initially confessed he was “scared” over the “uncertainty” of leaving the EU but didn’t feel that concerns over “failure” should serve as a deterrent to vote for it.
He said: “To me, I think what you have in Europe is a sort of government-by-proxy of everybody who has now got carried away.”
Four months before the EU referendum, Caine felt that “unless some extremely significant changes” came into force then the UK had no choice but to leave the bloc, in comments to BBC Radio 4.
He added: “You say ‘Well, we’ll fail’ [but] you go ‘OK, so you failed, get better, work harder, try harder and then you’ll be a success’.
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“You cannot be dictated to by thousands of faceless civil servants who make these rules and you say: ‘Wait a minute is that right?’
“Then they argue about financially but we buy more from them then we sell to them.”
In another interview with Sky News in 2017, Caine revealed: “I’m in-favour of Brexit actually because I’d rather be a poor master of my own fate than the rich servant of someone else’s.
“Politics is always chaotic because you’re always going into areas you’ve never been before, so you’re going to get lost and then find your way and then it will be alright.”
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He defended that his decision to vote for Brexit was for “freedom” – before the star claimed he was the best person to understand the unique problems of the UK’s departure.
Caine added: “I’m a middle of the road politician and one of the reasons I’m there is because I’ve been everything.
“I’ve been poor, I’ve been on the dole, I’ve been on benefits, I’ve worked in factories and I’m a multimillionaire, I’ve paid heavy taxes – so I know every problem from every angle and not many people are like that.
“I mean I remember the last time I queued up for benefits, Sean Connery was two guys in front of me.”