Friday 23 March 2018

Matt Damon brands Brexit 'insane idea' in speech to students

Matt Damon said he wondered what Europe would look like in 25 years
Matt Damon said he wondered what Europe would look like in 25 years

Bourne Identity star Matt Damon has described Brexit as an "insane" idea and questioned what Europe would look like in 25 years time.

The actor used a speech to students graduating from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to raise concerns about a "buffet" of problems facing the world.

Damon, whose film Good Will Hunting was set at MIT, included Brexit on the list of issues facing the planet.

At the commencement ceremony he told the students: "This world has some problems that we need you to drop everything and solve.

"Go ahead and take your pick from the world's worst buffet."

He listed problems including economic inequality, the migrant crisis, climate change and institutional racism before adding: "Or the Brexit, for God's sake, that insane idea that the best path for Britain is to cut loose from Europe and drift out to sea.

"What is Europe even going to look like in 25 years?"

The Hollywood star used the speech to take a swipe at Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump.

Referring to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom's theory, which suggests humanity could be living in a "computer simulation" run by an advanced form of intelligence, Damon said: "What if this, all of this, is a simulation - it's a crazy idea, but what if it is?

"If there are multiple simulations, how come we had to be in the one where Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee for president?"

Press Association

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