Friday 23 February 2018

Ringo Starr hopes Theresa May will bring peace and love with Brexit

The former Beatles drummer backed the Prime Minister for choosing to follow the “wishes of the British people”.

Ringo Starr was joined by Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch (left) (Chris Pizzello/AP)
Ringo Starr was joined by Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch (left) (Chris Pizzello/AP)

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Ringo Starr hopes Theresa May can help bring peace and love to the UK by delivering Brexit.

The former Beatles drummer spoke on his 77th birthday on Friday at an annual event where he encourages fans around the world to chant the slogan at midday.

The colourful Oleg Krivtsov, of St. Petersburg, Russia, was among Starr’s fans (Chris Pizzello/AP)

When asked whether the Conservative leader or Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn was more likely to bring peace and love, he said he hopes it is the sitting Prime Minister.

He told the Press Association: “Well I’m not political, but it’s right now Theresa May in charge so let’s hope it’s going to be her.

“She’s going with the wishes of the British people, which is Brexit, and they had a vote and they said, ‘Okay let’s leave’ and that’s what she’s trying to carry on.”

Starr, who now lives in Los Angeles, previously had said he was a “huge” fan of the European Union when it started but expressed disappointment that it failed to bring about a “love fest”.

Whether leaving the EU is still the public’s desire is under debate, despite 52% voting to Leave in the referendum.

A Survation survey found if the poll was repeated earlier this month then 54% would vote to Remain while 46% would chose to Leave.

Starr was joined by Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch, comedian Richard Lewis and musician Don Was at the event outside the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood.

After musical performances, Starr led the countdown for the chant to begin which was fulfilled by hundreds of fans.

Starr threw wristbands to the audience and blew out the candles on his cake after being serenaded with Happy Birthday.

The day also coincided with news of the release of his 19th solo album, Give More Love, on which he was joined in his home studio by Sir Paul McCartney for two tracks.

“We’re still mates,” he said. “He was in town so I said, ‘I’ve got a track’ and I called him.”

Press Association

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