David Beckham just backed Remain and the referendum is now essentially over

Louis Dor
Tuesday 21 June 2016 11:00
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The EU referendum campaign is crescendoing, as Thursday's vote beckons.

Both sides are frantically searching for a trump card (here meaning a winning solution, not a jingoistic fake-tanned blob of racist molten cheese) and the Remain campaign seems to have just found it.

In a former footballer/model/celebrity/national bloody treasure, what else?

David Beckham has said he is voting 'Remain' in the EU Referendum on 23 June.

He wrote of his years at Manchester United in a Facebook post:

We were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman Roy Keane and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona.

I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people.

We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone.

For these reasons I am voting to Remain

People have been reacting to the announcement on social media in the typical fashion.

People have declared that David Beckham has decided the vote

David Cameron has been frantically trying to convey that he knows who David Beckham is and how he was great at goaling those tries for Harchester United in the third innings

People have been appreciating David Beckham because David Beckham

People have been questioning Beckham's political authority

And people have been making football cliché jokes

And people have been pointing out the possible division of family views in the Beckham household

However, as we pointed out, the quote is from an interview with the Spice Girls in 1996.

Since then we've had four new governments, 9/11, a global recession, and Victoria Beckham has relocated to Los Angeles.

It's not the most current 'Becksit' testimony, really.

The Leave campaign does have John Barnes and Sol Campbell supporting it, however, but it's a bit of a slide down from 'brand Beckham'.

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