Warning against Brexit, Emma Thompson says Britain is 'a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island'

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Tuesday 16 February 2016 14:00
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Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has become the latest public figure to give her two cents on the upcoming EU referendum.

Asked at the Berlin International Film Festival on Monday how she was planning to vote in the upcoming referendum, which is expected to be held in June, Thompson said it would be "madness" to vote leave.

After describing the UK as:

...a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island.

She added:

I feel European even though I live in Great Britain, and in Scotland. So of course I’m going to vote to stay in Europe.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was unimpressed by Thompson's comments, which he told the Huffington Post were "utterly defeatist and negative".

The actor, a prominent human rights activist, isn't exactly singing the EU's praises, though. Talking about the lacklustre response of European governments to the refugee crisis, she said:

Oh my God, it would be madness not to [stay in Europe]. It would be a crazy idea not to. We should be taking down borders, not putting them up.

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