Thursday 19 September 2019

People’s Vote is inevitable – Eddie Izzard

The comedian and activist said “people want their future back” as he picked up an honorary degree.

Eddie Izzard with his honorary degree from York St John University (Danny Lawson/PA)
Eddie Izzard with his honorary degree from York St John University (Danny Lawson/PA)

By Dave Higgens, Press Association

Comedian and activist Eddie Izzard has said a second EU referendum is “inevitable” as “there’s a lot of angry people out there who want their future back”.

Izzard, 56, was speaking as he picked up an honorary doctorate from York St John University in the “amazing” surrounding of York Minster.

The prominent Remain campaigner told the Press Association: “The European Union was set up to stop world wars and people have forgotten that.

“I think a lot people who voted Leave are now seeing how negative things have been going in the last two years, how difficult it is to smash everything up, and that we’re going to make people poorer in this country. So a second referendum, a People’s Vote, is inevitable.”

Izzard said: “There’s younger people coming up in the country and they can now vote and they want their future back. People want their future back”

After picking up his Doctor of Letters degree in his formal robes, the comic said: “There’s a lot of angry people out there who want their future back.

ipanews_42d3edd6-e2f6-4faf-9246-7270032e0c37_embedded239803026
University Chancellor and Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu presents Izzard with his honorary degree (Danny Lawson/PA)

“Reform the European Union, absolutely, but run-and-hide? We’re Brits, we don’t quit.

“Running and hiding, extreme right wing, the elite – Boris Johnson, the Rees-Moggs – these elite people, they just wanted to smash thing up and they had no plans. They never had any plans.

“We need to have a second referendum. We need to have a People’s Vote.”

Izzard said he received his degree – which he said his dyslexia led him to call his Doctorate of Lettuce – for his championing of language, having performed his comedy in French, German and Spanish.

ipanews_42d3edd6-e2f6-4faf-9246-7270032e0c37_embedded239803023
Eddie Izzard take a selfie with fellow graduates (Danny Lawson/PA)

But he said he did not think of himself as an intellectual.

Izzard said: “I have the gift of a fair amount of intelligence, coming from my mum and dad, but I’m not an intellectual.

“But, if the definition of an academic is someone who loves understanding, then I am that. I do love trying to understand things.”

He said: “I do love pushing the boundaries of knowledge. And, if we can get more knowledge and real facts in a time when certain presidents of America are coming up with lies and trying to pretend that they are the truth, we need to lock down what the truth is, what real stuff is, what real information is at a time when we’re going back to the 1930s.”

PA Media

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top