Bat For Lashes ‘devastated’ by Brexit result

Natasha Khan describes herself as a 'product of a multicultural society'

Bat For Lashes singer Natasha Khan has described her disappointment at Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

The singer, whose new album ‘The Bride’ is out tomorrow (June 30), told fans in a webchat in The Guardian that she was “devastated” by the result.

In response to a fan’s question, Khan wrote: “I’m obviously devastated by the message that this choice has put out to the world, because I’m a product of a multicultural society. My mother lives in Germany, I have French aunties and uncles and cousins, and I’ve benefitted from being part of the European community. And my dad is Pakistani, an immigrant in this country, and met my mother and I was born out of his ability to come and live and work here.”


“However, I’d like to offer some reassurance in the fact that I think the corporate structures of our world are not serving us and haven’t done for many years, and even though this is a scary time of unrest and upheaval, looking at it from a grander perspective, it’s an important part of the breakdown of outmoded political and economic models. I hope this helps us to break down the things that aren’t working for us any more, and to bring about more emphasis on community, loving our neighbours, re-educating ourselves that we are all global citizens, and start to rebuild structures we’re facing in the future, like stopping wars that create the immigration crisis, environmental issues we’ve been ignoring for too long, and the fact we need to reach out to each other as a global human race.”

She continued: “Obviously this sounds like a fairly idealistic view, but I do believe the breakdown of the EU, whether I agree with it or not, is a symptom of a greater breakdown, and although it’s painful for us in the near future, including for artists and musicians, I somehow have the sense it needs to happen to revolutionise the structures on which we build our society. It’s a wake-up call. I’m working out my opinions on it still – it’s still fresh.”

The Leave campaign won by a majority of 52%-48% against the Remain alliance to quit the EU last week. The result triggered huge financial uncertainty, with the Pound at its lowest level since 1985. Residents of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of Remain, leaving political leaders in those countries to state that they could be seeking further referenda on voting to become independent.

The results came after it was revealed that a substantial majority of people aged 18-24 voted in favour of Remain, with 75% of voters in that age group voting Remain compared to 39% of voters aged 65 and above.