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Adding another 'slight drawback' to The Smiths reforming

Johnny Marr has responded to Morrissey‘s recent remarks about being pro-Brexit and being in favour of UKIP leader Nigel Farage – adding that his political beliefs are yet another reason why a reunion of The Smiths is unlikely.

Last month, Morrissey caused controversy among many of his fans when he hailed the Brexit result as ‘magnificent’ – and called Nigel Farage a ‘liberal educator’.

Now, former bandmate Johnny Marr has sought to distance himself from Moz’s beliefs.

“I can only really speak for myself, I don’t feel like it’s necessary at all really,” said Marr when asked by Sky News about the chances of The Smiths reuniting. “I really like moving forward. Myself and Andy (Rourke, bass player) play together when I’m over in New York…he plays a couple of songs with me and that’s always really nice, but that’s really as far as it needs to go I think.”

Then, when Morrissey’s recent comments about Brexit and Farage were put to him, Marr agreed that they ‘probably don’t have much ideologically in common any more’.

“I always forget about that,” he said. “That’s just stuff that I hear second hand. If it is the case that he’s pro-Farage, then there would be a slight drawback in that I think, as anyone can imagine.”

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Last month, Morrissey said: “As for Brexit, the result was magnificent, but it is not accepted by the BBC or Sky News because they object to a public that cannot be hypnotised by BBC or Sky nonsense. These news teams are exactly the same as Fox and CNN in that they all depend on public stupidity in order to create their own myth of reality. Watch them at your peril!”

Speaking to Australian News, Morrissey said: “Liberal educators such as George Galloway and Nigel Farage are loathed by the BBC because both men respect equal freedom for all people.”

This comes after Marr revealed that he and Morrissey met in 2008 and discussed the possibility of reforming The Smiths, but that talks later came to nothing.

Marr is set to release his autobiography Set The Boy Free on 3 November. He’ll be talking about this book at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on 7 November and at Milton Court at London’s Barbican on 10 November.