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Anohni brands Brexit a 'prison riot' in searing Facebook post

Mercury Prize winner says the EU is the "only international governing body capable of having any significant influence over the US"

Alice O'Malley

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Anohni has become the latest musician to respond with dismay to the UK's decision to leave the EU.

In a searing 750-word Facebook post, the Mercury-Prize winning artist brands Brexit a "prison riot" that is "not the wisdom of the poor at work".

"The legitimate frustrations compelling poor and working class people to vote 'leave' are not going to subside as a result of this catastrophe," Anohni argues. "It is exactly during the cover of a crisis such as Brexit that the richest get even richer and bury their spoils in some far away land, while the poor eat each other's faces. The grievances of England's abandoned working classes are going to become even more brutal as a result of Brexit."

Anohni also argues that the EU is the "only international governing body capable of having any significant influence over the United States and its actions".

"The crisis in the Middle East remains an infected wound that the US has tried to sew closed without cleaning," she writes later in the post. "The infection has now spread across Europe in the form of terrorism, fear, and a refugee crisis. Brexit is the latest casualty in 25 years of United States' criminal foreign policy, lack of accountability, and grotesque international negligence in the Middle East and neighboring states."

Anohni concludes her post with a statement, then a question. "Until the world perceives justice has been done, no balance can ever be restored," she writes. "When will those responsible be held to account?" Read her full statement on Brexit here.

Anohni adds her voice to a growing number of musicians who have expressed concerns over Brexit, including Damon Albarn, The 1975's Matt Healy and Zayn.

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