James Blunt hit by Twitter backlash for declaring life 'won't change' after Brexit and that the UK 'should get the f**k on with it'

  • The You're Beautiful singer, 45, came under fire for an interview in which his expressed his disdain for the 'limbo' exiting the EU has left the country in  
  • James said: 'I think it's pretty much bulls**t. It's all a political thing. I'm going to carry on touring through Europe whatever happens'
  • 'Rather than having a title on it, my call to arms would be 'get the f*** on with it', because our lives aren't going to change.
  • James wouldn't divulge which way he had voted in the 2016 referendum, saying he 'didn't want to be given that label'
  • Fans claimed that as a privately-educated multimillionaire (worth an estimated £13m , he would never be able to understand the impact Brexit will have 

James Blunt has been slammed on social media for saying the country should 'get the f**k' on with Brexit because 'our lives aren't going to change.'

The You're Beautiful singer, 45, came under fire for his comments in a new interview with The Independent in which he also expressed his disdain for the 'limbo' in which exiting the EU has left the country in.

The star was blasted by Twitter users who claimed that, as a multimillionaire, he would never be able to understand the impact Brexit would have on the majority of the population - and shouldn't dismiss it just because it won't affect him personally.

Comment: James Blunt has been slammed on social media for saying the country should 'get the f**k' on with Brexit because 'our lives aren't going to change'

Comment: James Blunt has been slammed on social media for saying the country should 'get the f**k' on with Brexit because 'our lives aren't going to change' 

Discussing Brexit in the interview, James said: 'I think it's pretty much bulls**t. It's all a political thing. I'm going to carry on touring through Europe whatever happens. 

'Rather than having a title on it, my call to arms would be 'get the f*** on with it', because our lives aren't going to change. 

The Goodbye My Lover hitmaker continued: 'My tour manager is going to be p***ed off he has to fill in a few more forms, but whatever you do, get on with it, because the limbo is killing us.' 

James wouldn't divulge which way he had voted in the 2016 referendum, saying he 'didn't want to be given that label.'

Backlash: The star was blasted by Twitter users who claimed that as a multimillionaire, he would never be able to understand the impact Brexit would have (pictured with wife Sofia Wellesley at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank)

Backlash: The star was blasted by Twitter users who claimed that as a multimillionaire, he would never be able to understand the impact Brexit would have (pictured with wife Sofia Wellesley at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank)

The star, who is married to Sofia Wellesley, the daughter of Lord and Lady John Henry Wellesley,was quickly lambasted for 'diminishing' the impact Brexit will have on the UK.

One follower wrote: 'Well James Blunt, my life IS going to change. My husband will lose his contract, our home and life in the city we love. My kids will lose their school and friends, but that's ok, because it won't affect you.' 

Another added: 'Lucky old James whose life won't change. Sod the rest of us, eh?

A third typed: 'James Blunt wants the UK to 'get the f**k on with Brexit because our lives aren't going to change. A reminder, James is married to Sofia Wellesley... So yeah, they'll probably be alright, come what may.'

Fury: One follower wrote: 'Well James Blunt, my life IS going to change. My husband will lose his contract, our home and life in the city we love'

Fury: One follower wrote: 'Well James Blunt, my life IS going to change. My husband will lose his contract, our home and life in the city we love'

A fourth wrote: 'Please be so kind to those who have lost, or are about to lose their jobs Mr Blunt? They don't have tour managers. Tell them their lives aren't going to change?' 

Another follower wrote: 'Oh look. Another rich guy who won't be affected in the slightest calling for something that will f**k up the lives of the poor and the vulnerable to be pushed through because he'll be just fine. Gross.' 

While another wrote: 'Just throwing my James Blunt CDs in the bin.  How dare a rich man make such stupid comments  as it won't affect him.    

Others took aim at James' comment that his tour manager will have to make extra provision for him to travel the world, saying this presented a bigger problem for musicians less successful than him. 

One wrote: 'The paragraph on touring. Wow. The absolute dislocation from the reality of small touring musicians. Sure, if you're James Blunt (or Adele or whoever) life won't change much. You have People for that. And margins. 

Outing: James and wife Sofia are pictured at the wedding of singer Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling in August

Outing: James and wife Sofia are pictured at the wedding of singer Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling in August

Another wrote: 'To a lot of touring bands, 'my tour manager will have to fill in some more forms' is a bit like saying 'my butler deals with these kind of things for me.'   

Some fans came out in support for James' comments that the UK should 'get on' with Brexit, with one follower writing:  'well said James Blunt, speaking for the nation.'

Another wrote: 'I f*****g love James Blunt, the fact that he can p**s off so many people at once by giving his own opinion. If you don't agree #movethef**kon'. 

His comments come as Boris Johnson faces a defining week to get his final deal through the Commons and get Brexit done by October 31. 

After MPs thwarted his efforts to win a meaningful vote in the Commons on Saturday he will try to hammer through his deal in order to keep his vow to get the UK out by Halloween.

Backlash: Others took aim at James' comment that his tour manager will have to make extra provision for him to travel the world, saying this presented a bigger problem for musicians less successful than him

Backlash: Others took aim at James' comment that his tour manager will have to make extra provision for him to travel the world, saying this presented a bigger problem for musicians less successful than him

 

The PM recently asked the EU for a Brexit delay in a letter at the weekend, he is seeking to get the deal done before a special Brussels summit next week where leaders will discuss how long an Article 50 extension they will offer.     

A spokesman for Boris said on Monday the leader wants his Brexit deal to be passed by parliament, warning lawmakers the government would not hold a vote on the agreement if lawmakers tried to change it.

Having been denied a straight 'yes or no' vote on his Brexit deal on Saturday because lawmakers voted instead to delay that decision, Johnson wants to try again on Monday.

Support: Some fans came out in support for James' comments that the UK should 'get on' with Brexit, with one follower writing: 'well said James Blunt, speaking for the nation.

Support: Some fans came out in support for James' comments that the UK should 'get on' with Brexit, with one follower writing: 'well said James Blunt, speaking for the nation.

Couple: James married Sofia in 2014 - the pair share one son (pictured 2018)

Couple: James married Sofia in 2014 - the pair share one son (pictured 2018)

The vote can only be held with the agreement of Speaker John Bercow, who may decide it is against the rules to do so because parliament has already considered a motion to approve the deal.

The spokesman said: 'The meaningful vote will go ahead if the speaker allows it and if no amendments are selected which would render the vote pointless. There is not point having a meaningless vote, the government would pull the motion.

'The public want Brexit done. The government is determined to pass the PM's great new deal and get us out of the EU on Oct. 31 ... The deal with the EU has just been agreed, it is done, it is closed.

'The negotiations with the EU have already gone on far too long. The prime minister has achieved what is a very good deal and he is focused on getting that deal through parliament.' 

Will he keep his promise? His comments come as Boris Johnson faces a defining week to get his final deal through the Commons and get Brexit done by October 31

Will he keep his promise? His comments come as Boris Johnson faces a defining week to get his final deal through the Commons and get Brexit done by October 31

 

James Blunt hit by Twitter backlash for declaring life 'won't change' after Brexit

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