Celebrities Take Sides on UK’s Brexit Vote

On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether to remain or leave the European Union, a referendum whose consequences could ripple around the world's economy. Many British celebrities have taken to social media to express their opinion on the so-called Brexit (short for British exit), while almost 300 artists have signed a letter urging the UK to remain within the EU.

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The "Sherlock" actor joined hundreds of other artists in signing a letter calling for the UK to stay in the EU.
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The actress expressed support for a Brexit, writing in her column for Spear's Magazine that "If it means we can go back to using decent light bulbs (60-watt, peach-colored, both bayonet and screw-in) — I'm joining Brexit for sure."
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The soccer star explained his support for remaining in the EU on Facebook, stating, "For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain."
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In a blog post on her website, the "Harry Potter" author wrote: "The research demonstrates that we don't know what we've got. Ignorant of what it gives us, we take the benefits of EU membership for granted."
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Sir Michael Caine told BBC Radio 4 in February that "I sort of feel certain that we should come out."
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Cowell told the Mirror newspaper: "I don't think at this time — because it is a tricky time — you would want to be on your own on a tiny island."
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Jude Law joined hundreds of other artists in signing a letter calling for the UK to stay in the EU.
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Collins expressed support for the UK to leave the EU, tweeting in February the word "Brexit" followed by several Union Jack flags and a thumbs up emoji.
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Elba expressed his support for remaining in the EU on Twitter, saying, "My parents immigrated to the UK, worked hard and made a contribution..ME...on that basis VOTE IN..."
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The actress joined hundreds of other artists in signing a letter calling for the UK to stay in the EU.
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The "Downton Abbey" creator compared the EU to the Austro-Hungarian empire in the Daily Mail, and said, "I believe we should be out. It’s about philosophy, it’s about democracy, it’s about democracy versus autocracy, all of those issues."
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The latest actor to portray James Bond appeared in an Instagram photo wearing a shirt that read "No man is an island," a quote from poet John Donne, asking UK residents to vote remain on June 23.
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The Monty Python member took to Twitter to explain his support for leaving the EU: "If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU, I'd vote to stay in.But there isn't.Sad."
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The model-turned-actress urged her Instagram followers to vote on June 23, and expressed support for remaining in the EU on Facebook.
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The singer urged his Instagram followers to "Build bridges not walls," adding, "I'm voting to remain."
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