SIR PATRICK STEWART claimed Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard would have voted Remain as he launched a campaign yesterday for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
The actor (pictured), who played the captain of the Star Ship Enterprise, said his X-Men character Professor X would also have wanted to stay in the EU.
He told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr show: ‘They were excellent, admirable individuals. Yes, intellectuals, but also compassionate and concerned for the wellbeing of everyone.’
Brexiteer Boris Johnson continued the Star Trek theme when he told Mr Marr leaving the EU would allow Britain to strike its own trade deals.
‘We will be able to boldly go again to areas that perhaps we’ve neglected over the last 45 years,’ the foreign secretary said. Sir Patrick, 77, was joined by MPs from across the political spectrum as he opened a People’s Vote rally attended by more than 1,200 people in London. ‘Our country’s future is at stake and we will not stand idly by,’ he said.
Similar events were held nationwide to launch an advertising campaign backed by nine groups including Open Britain.
Supporters say the parliamentary vote Theresa May has offered on the Brexit deal is not enough and citizens deserve another say before the UK leaves the EU next March. Tory Remainer Anna Soubry told the crowd in London that, whatever deal is done, ‘you and your grandchildren will be less prosperous than you are now’.
The former minister added: ‘I think the best and right thing to do is to put it back to the people and say, you can have a vote on this deal.’