A D-Day veteran has said that it would be a 'crying shame' if Britain went through with Brexit and left the EU, and the clip has gone viral for a very important reason.
Eric Chardin, who is 94, was in Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the day that he landed on Gold Beach, Normandy on what is now collectively known as D-Day. He was just 19 years old on that historic day, reports The Times.
Speaking to BBC reporter Simon McCoy, Mr Chardin said that he fears Brexit could undo the peace that was established in Europe after the Second World War, and that he hopes peace in Europe can continue.
In a question, Mr McCoy said:
What do you think about this length of time, 75 years on, and the progress that's been made in terms of peace?
In response, Mr Chardin, who is from Cambridge, said:
Well, I hope it continues, it worries me that, the Brexit worries me, in that respect, I can't help feeling that it would be an awful shame if, we've gone through so much trouble to do, to collect the European nations together, to break it all up now would be a crying shame I feel.
Well, that's pretty awkward for the legions of Brexiteers arguing who constantly invoke wartime patriotism as an argument for the Leave campaign, isn't it?
Taking to Twitter, journalist James Felton said:
For all the brexiteers talking about how we “survived the war so we’ll survive Brexit” like they were personally dodging bullets on the beach of Normandy as a sperm, here’s what someone who actually lived through the war thinks of your ridiculous project.
For all the brexiteers talking about how we “survived the war so we’ll survive Brexit” like they were personally do… https://t.co/sU6v7rB3Hl