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Brian Eno urges fans to vote ‘Remain’ in EU referendum

The pioneering producer shares his thoughts on this week’s vote: ‘If, like me, you've been complacent about the issue, it might be time to rethink’

Brian Eno is the latest cultural heavyweight to share their thoughts on this week’s EU referendum. Writing on his official Facebook page over the weekend, the pioneering producer urged fans to vote in favour of Remain.

“Until recently I’d assumed there was no chance we’d vote to leave,” he wrote, “However, recent polls seem to be showing ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ are neck and neck. Some polls even show ‘Leave’ leading... if, like me, you've been complacent about the issue, it might be time to rethink.”

The open letter goes on to criticise the focus of the Leave campaign, the influence of the corporate media and big money, and the importance of voter turnout. “The Leavers have LOTS of money: seems like a lot of very wealthy people are anxious to get out of the EU.”

“I wonder why? Is it because many of the constraints on how badly you're allowed to treat workers have been put in place by the EU? Is it because the EU has insisted on environmental legislation which hampers the freedom-to-pollute of corporations and governments? Is it because the EU has established an international criminal court where all those people to whom we sell weapons might be called to account? Is it because the EU has tried to come up with some sort of humane response to immigration other than barbed wire and Trumpian walls?”

“I have a lot of misgivings about the way the EU is run, but they don’t make me want to ditch the whole idea,” he concludes. “The only good outcome of this referendum is that it might remind us what the original mission of the EU was, and might motivate us to actually make it happen.”

Brian Eno is famously vocal about political issues: in the past he’s written passionately about the Isreal-Palestine conflict and has lent his support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Read the full letter below.