Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Brexit news: David Attenborough blasts EU in Brexit rant | UK | News

The 93-year-old admitted he is concerned about how the UK’s Government has got itself into “this absurd mess”. Although he remained tight-lipped on whether he voted to leave or remain in the 2016 EU referendum, when asked what he thinks about Brexit, Mr Attenborough said he thinks “there are faults on both sides”.

He told Italian newspaper La Giornata: “I think that the irritation of the ways in which the European community has interfered with people’s lives on silly levels or silly issues has irritated a lot of people who don’t actually understand what the advantages and the disadvantages are.

“They’re just fed up with somebody over there who doesn’t speak their language, telling him how much money they’ve got to charge for tomatoes or something silly.

“And so, they’re getting fed up. Now, maybe the European Union didn’t pay enough attention to what sort of things that members of the Europe care about and has allowed themselves to do all sorts of things which irritate the members there at all.

“Also, you Italians are not all that pleased [with EU]”.

Mr Attenborough said the UK needed change “one way or another” when pressed about his views on Brexit.

He said: “I think there had to be a change, one way or another.

“And I think that… look, I am old enough to remember the last war. And I’m older now.

“We had German Jewish refugees living in our house throughout the war.

READ MORE: EU rejects Boris Johnson’s backstop proposal, GBP/USD slump

The EU earlier rejected Me Johnson’s demand that it reopen the Brexit divorce deal, saying Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to the backstop, an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border.

But Mr Johnson responded: “At the moment it is absolutely true that our friends and partners are a bit negative … but I think we’ll get there.

“I think there is a real sense now that something needs to be done with this backstop.

“We think there’s a big opportunity now for everybody to come together, take out that backstop and then … in the course of the negotiations on the free trade deal … which we’re going to do after October 31, we will be bringing forward all the ways in which we can maintain frictionless trade at the Northern Irish border.”

The Prime Miniser added these could include trusted-trader schemes and electronic pre-clearing to take checks away from the border.

During the interview, Mr Attenborough also criticised US President Donald Trump for his stance on climate change.

He said: “He doesn’t listen to arguments. Trump doesn’t listen to people of his own party, why should he listen to a nature nut from England like me?

“It doesn’t seem to me that it is possible to debate with him in a rational way because he doesn’t appear to be rational.

“He doesn’t seem to recognise the irrationality of some of his propositions.”

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