Celebrities react to UK voting to leave the European Union
MANILA, Philippines – The British people have spoken: they want to be "out" of the European Union (EU).
In a historic referendum on Thursday, June 23 (Friday, June 24 in Manila) the United Kingdom voted 52% to 48% to leave from the 28-nation union, which has offered unfettered trade access and the free movement of labor across its borders.
Entertainment figures have spoken about this so-called Brexit, whether they were in favor of it or not – and even if they were on the other side of the pond. (READ: British stars back staying in EU)
The Harry Potter author, who was vocal about her opposition toward Britain leaving the EU, tweeted "Goodbye, UK" and "I don't think I've ever wanted magic more."
I don't think I've ever wanted magic more. https://t.co/gVNQ0PYIMT— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
Scotland will seek independence now. Cameron's legacy will be breaking up two unions. Neither needed to happen. https://t.co/4MDj7pndcq— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
The Game of Thrones actress, who plays Cersei Lannister, referred to divisive US presidential candidate Donald Trump as she mourned the Brexit victory.
We may as well elect Trump over here pic.twitter.com/Ty14gW5kel— lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) June 24, 2016
The Late Late Show host tweeted:
I can't get my head around what's happening in Britain.I'm so sorry to the youth of Britain. I fear you've been let down today x— James Corden (@JKCorden) June 24, 2016
shocking news out of UK this morning. Definitely a day for the history books... #Brexit— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) June 24, 2016
Cheer up. We'll all be dead soon and it's the next generation that will really suffer. Have a great day :)— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2016
At last, we can now return to the good old days. Of isolation, rampant xenophobia & our poor dying young in terrible hospitals.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 24, 2016
The star of TV series House said, "Reverse is across and down, easy on the clutch."
Congratulations exiters. Reverse is across and down, easy on the clutch.— Hugh Laurie (@hughlaurie) June 24, 2016
Well millennials. We're really really fucked.— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
Scooping flesh out. Setting some aside in a jar marked 'immigrant'. Unclear where to scatter myself.— alexa chung (@alexa_chung) June 24, 2016
Heartbroken to hear the news.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 24, 2016
I truly believe this is one of the most devastating things to happen during my lifetime. I felt a fear I've never felt this morning.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) June 24, 2016
Glued 2Brexit results with Frnds‼️— Cher (@cher) June 24, 2016
“Leaves”Have Won.Frnds say Immigration played part in Vote.
It’s Best Decision 4 All UK PPL
How Could I Have Been So Blind I’ve been So Frightened By Shadow Being Cast,By Extreme Right Wing Politicians In,I Forgot About The— Cher (@cher) June 24, 2016
Britain Leaves The EU, Colombia Ends Civil War and I got my VR headset...what a day!!!— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) June 24, 2016
Don't expect to see the river bed right after a stones throw. Avoid both glee & apocalypticism immediately following historic events #brexit— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) June 24, 2016
Renowned British writer Neil Gaiman said:
Dear UK,— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 24, 2016
I am afraid you are going to need it,
The British TV personality and journalist provided his own commentary.
Remain fought a shockingly deluded campaign. Refused to engage properly with immigration debate. Insisted it was about economy. It wasn't.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 24, 2016
This became a referendum on immigration not the economy.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 24, 2016
Farage, love him or hate him, was most effective campaigner. #EUreferendum
BREXIT!!! It's a new world.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 24, 2016
Jamie Campbell Bower
Shocked. Saddened. Confused.— Jamie Campbell Bower (@Jamiebower) June 24, 2016
That was fucking intense UK. We are with you during this timehttps://t.co/UccE63UEGg— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) June 24, 2016
Wales votes to trust a new and more right wing Tory leadership to invest as much money into its poorer areas as EU has been doing #EUref— michael sheen (@michaelsheen) June 24, 2016
– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com