The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has shared his views on Britain’s upcoming EU referendum, saying that while he doesn’t hold a strong stance on the topic, he can see leaving the European Union to be “beneficial” to the UK in the long term.
Jagger was speaking to Sky News when he was asked about the pros and cons of the so-called Brexit. Scroll below to watch a clip from the interview.
“I wonder if David Cameron, if he was asked today, whether he would actually want to put this out for a referendum now,” Jagger said.
He added: “To me personally, I don’t think [the result] is going to make a huge difference. I think to the country in the short term [leaving the EU] will be detrimental. In the longer term, in a twenty-year term, it might turn out to be beneficial”.
Last May, the Conservatives’ political adviser Jim Messina claimed that Mick Jagger correctly predicted the results of the UK general election.
Writing in Politico Magazine, Messina claimed that Jagger foresaw the Tories’ surprising majority win. “One of the savviest political observers I’ve come across is Mick Jagger,” Messina said. “I was invited to a dinner that included the legendary rocker in London before the British election (I took about 9,000 selfies), when I discovered that Mick has been a bit of a political junkie his whole life.”
Messina added: “While he’s on tour he has a lot of down time, which he spends reading, he explained to me, and I learned that he’s become a master observer not only of UK politics but of the American political scene as well (although he’s not an activist and doesn’t take sides). ‘You’re going to win,’ Mick told me at dinner, despite some polls showing that my client, Prime Minister David Cameron, was still trailing in the race. ‘Why do you think so?’ I asked. Mick replied that while he wasn’t supporting any candidate himself, ‘the average guy thinks Cameron makes tough decisions and things are getting a bit better. They won’t change from that.’ The opposition [Labour’s Ed Miliband], Jagger explained, was perceived as a retreat to the past. Mick was right, of course.”
Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones are hoping to release their new studio album before the end of the year, Ronnie Wood has confirmed.
Talking at the opening of the new Rolling Stones exhibition in London, guitarist Wood said that the band intend to put new music out in 2016 and revealed the group are on a “blues streak” after covering standards by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter.
“They really sound authentic,” Wood is quoted as saying. “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that?’ ‘It’s you.’ It sounded so authentic.”