EU referendum: List of celebrities who back #Brexit and vote remain (David Beckham, JK Rowling, Katie Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joan Collins etc)

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Great Britain will be conducting a referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union on Thursday, and both sides have already pleaded their cases on why the country should either stay or leave the EU. UK celebrities have also expressed their own opinions on Brexit (Britain Exit). Here’s a list of who among David Beckham, JK Rowling, Jeremy Clarkson, Sir Michael Caine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Simon Cowell are voting in or out.

A celebrity endorsement could either help or hurt a cause, depending on who’s endorsing and who’s listening. “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling’s pro-EU stance, for instance, can help educate and even persuade Potterheads to vote “remain” at the referendum.

The opposite can also happen or, as it is in some cases, the celebrities’ opinions do not affect a voter’s stance at all. Nevertheless, celebrities know that they have certain influence on their fans, and therefore would use that to sway them to their agenda.

That is why some celebrities have made their views in the Brexit debate known through their social media pages, interviews or YouTube videos. Former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May posted a video for Britain Stronger in Europe to ask fans to vote “remain.” Keira Knightley, Lily Cole, Sir Richard Branson and Stephen Hawking also recorded videos on the side of EU stay.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley is against Brexit, as well as the UK power couple David and Victoria Beckham and talent show mogul Simon Cowell.

Almost 300 actors, artists, fashion designers, musicians, novelists and filmmakers have signed a letter to support Britain’s stay in the EU. These 282 personalities said that Britain is stronger in Europe, and the country’s exit from the union would weaken the entertainment industry.

These personalities include Sir Patrick Stewart, Jamie Bell, Bill Nighy and Steve McQueen. The full text of the letter and the list of name are in this link.

In response to the @leave.eu campaign who have today tried to put a spin on quotes made 20 years ago about keeping or losing the pound, I have to say strongly my comments were not about this referendum and should not be misused in this way! I believe in my country, I believe in a future for my children where we are stronger together and I support the #remain campaign. @strongerineurope

A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Jun 21, 2016 at 3:14am PDT

No man is an island... Wait that doesn't work cause the UK is an island... But you get the gist. EU _ _ _ _ _ _ whether you want in or out, VOTE PEOPLE!

A photo posted by @daisyridley on Jun 7, 2016 at 6:52am PDT

For the pro-Brexit side, The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, comedian John Cleese, soap opera legend Joan Collins and controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins have all expressed their positions, saying it is more detrimental for Britain to remain.

“The only way we’re going to get the Europe that we want is to get rid of this bunch of f------ useless w------ that are running it,” Daltrey said in an interview with The Sun.

In the political arena, world leaders and political figures are also divided on Brexit. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently warned that a Brexit would have strong implications on the global market, but he refused to clarify his position on the subject.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau want Britain to remain. On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US presidential candidate Donald Trump want Brexit to happen.

Here are the partial lists of famous personalities opting to remain or exit the EU.

Stay in the EU

Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Benedict Cumberbatch

Big Narstie

Bill Nighy

Bob Geldof

Cara Delevingne

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Daisy Ridley

Dame Kristine Scott Thomas

Dame Vivienne Westwood

Danny Boyle

David and Victoria Beckham

David Mitchell

Delia Smith

Dominic West

Eddie Izzard

Florence Welch

Helena Bonham Carter

Idris Elba

James May

Jamie Bell

Jeremy Clarkson

JK Rowling

John Oliver

Jude Law

Keira Knightley

Lily Allen

Lily Cole

Lord Alan Sugar

Noel Clarke

Patrick Stewart

Simon Cowell

Sir Elton John

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Richard Branson

Stephen Hawking

Steve Coogan

Steve McQueen

Thandie Newton

 

Exit EU

Duncan Bannatyne

Elaine Paige

Elizabeth Hurley

Joan Collins

John Cleese

Julian Assange

Julian Fellowes

Katie Hopkins

Keith Chegwin

Roger Daltrey

Sir Michael Caine

Sol Campbell

Vicky Pattison