Sir David Jason’s brutal Brexit take: ‘At least we’re not throwing bombs!’
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The ‘Only Fools and Horses’ star made his stance clear on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union during candid comments, which referenced his time as a child of the Blitz. Sir David honoured the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain earlier this week in an ITV documentary ‘Flying for Britain’. The World War 2 military campaign saw Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm squads defend the country from Nazi Gemany’s attacks. The Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter actor, now 80, recalled those moments and described how they influenced his decision to back the Leave campaign in unearthed accounts.
Sir David was born five months after the WW2 broke out and could “vividly remember feeling the house shake” during the Blitz.
He recalled “fearfully asking” his mother what was happening during the raids and her soothing words as she held him tightly: “It’s just God moving his furniture around.”
While his brother was evacuated from their north London home to the countryside, he was unable to go because he was too young to be separated from his mother.
Sir David told the Huffington Post in 2016: “We kept my infant gas mask in the house for years afterwards and I’d always get an eerie feeling just looking at it.”
The difficulties of the war years stuck with the actor and manifested itself in comments during a 2011 interview with the Daily Mail.
He expressed his concern that “the Germans want to run Europe” and wanted to expand their influence across the bloc during debates about the eurozone.
Sir David said: “We have more and more rules coming out of Europe telling us what to do… this was supposed to be a common market.
“I don’t remember them saying we would be governed by Brussels and become a satellite of Europe.”
In an off-colour remark, he compared the push for more countries to adopt the Euro as “the Fourth Reich” and made other comparisons to the war.
Sir David, who was described as grinning when he made the comments, added: “I just said it. I’m only reflecting what’s been going on in the country for some time.”
In another remark, he quipped: “At least we’re not throwing bombs at each other.”
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Sir David voiced the growing resentment felt by some about the European Union, which manifested itself as a 52 percent vote for Leave during the 2016 referendum.
He added: “People are getting a bit fed up with it!”
Sir David also revealed how his best-known character Del Boy would have felt about Brexit and admitted that his decision would have solely been informed by personal gain.
The Peckham-born wheeler dealer, who starred on screen between 1981 and 2003, would have considered Brexit as another scheme to profit from.
He felt the “big political question” about whether to Remain or Leave “wouldn’t interest him” and instead he would have thought: “How do we earn out of this, Rodders?”
Sir David told The Sun in 2018: “One day he’d be flogging something to people who want to leave and then the next day he’d be flogging something to people who want to stay.”
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