Ozzy Osbourne has admitted that he he has no idea what Brexit is, or what it means for the United Kingdom.
The BLACK SABBATH singer, who was born and raised in Birmingham, spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where he remained completely oblivious to the divisive debate about the U.K.’s intention to leave the European Union (EU).
When asked about Brexit in an interview with The Big Issue, he responded: “People keep going on at me about that — is it a big deal over there? What will happen with it? Are people voting in or out, what’s going on?”
He added: “I don’t read the newspapers and I don’t really talk politics because I don’t really know. I don’t really understand Brexit.”
A public vote — called a referendum — was held in June 2016 when voters were asked just one question: whether the U.K. should leave or remain in the EU, a group of 28 countries which trade with each other and allow anyone to easily move between the countries to live and work. The “Leave” side won (by nearly 52% to 48%) but the exit didn’t happen straight away — it is slated to take place in March 2019.
The Brexit vote has thrown the U.K. into a period of uncertainty, with some economists warning that it may lead to a downturn in the British economy while other people have claimed that it will help the U.K. negotiate better terms with the EU. A poll showed that many voters opted for Brexit because they “wanted the U.K. to regain control over EU immigration.”
Ozzy‘s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne previously said that she was a vehement supporter of the “Leave” campaign.
She told The Sunday Times back in 2016: “There are too many people in a tiny country. There are classrooms of 40 kids, the NHS is in the toilet, the education system is in the toilet. I say take care of your own people first. I don’t have anything against any religion or any person, but the country is overloaded.
“Everybody loved England because we were unique,” she added. “We had traditions, we had style. Everybody wanted to come and ride on a bus, and everybody wanted to go and see the palace and blah, blah, blah. And we were the most polite people in the world. Gone!