Monday 23 July 2018

Britain has 'knifed themselves in the guts' by voting to leave the EU - Bob Geldof claims

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

Britain has "knifed themselves in the guts" by voting to leave the European Union, according to Bob Geldof.

The Boomtown Rats singer (66) has called Brexit a "great catastrophe" that he says isn't in the interests of Irish people.

Speaking as he collected the Irish Post Lifetime Achievement Award, he said: "Over 90 per cent of the Irish in Britain – the great Irish cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Derry and Belfast voted to remain.

“It is in the interest of Britain to stay in Europe, as it is in the interest of Ireland to be allied with Britain in Europe, and this is very dangerous for our native country and it is very dangerous for here.

“We have a year and a half to prevent this catastrophe.

“As Irish we’re used to watching the British shoot themselves in the foot. But this is the first time I’ve seen them knife themselves in the guts.”

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Bob Geldof returns his Freedom of Dublin city scroll to City Hall Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
 

He has also spoken candidly about his decision to return his Freedom of Dublin honour earlier this month, in protest at Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi received the accolade.

Suu Kyi was awarded the honour in 1999, six years before Geldof, and he said he does not want to be associated with her.

She has been accused of being complicit in a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, which saw 500,000 flee to Bangladesh after being earlier stripped of their citizenship in 1982.

Geldof said of his choice to hand the scroll back: "I was properly honoured and very moved because my own city gave me something that doesn't go to many people.

"When she came to Ireland I was asked to speak and welcome to her and sing a welcome to her.

"Myself, Bono and Damien Rice did a song and welcomed her and our city and country couldn't do enough for this woman.

Speaking to RTE's Sean O'Rourke earlier this month Geldof said: "I know this sounds pious, and I don't know how to make it not sounds pious, but I don't want to be on a very select roll of wonderful people and be honoured, thus myself... I don't want to be on it with a killer, at best a handmaiden to genocide and accomplice.

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