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Brexit Britain can work it out says ex-Beatle Ringo Starr

Published 03/07/2016

Ringo Starr has praised the UK's decision to leave the European Union, saying Brexit will allow the country to get back on its "own feet".

The former Beatles drummer said he was "huge fan" of the EU when it started but it had failed to turn into a "love fest".

Reacting to the referendum result, Starr told the Press Association: "I think (it's) good. Get back on our own feet.

"I was a huge fan when (the EU) started. I've lived all over Europe so I thought 'how great'. But it never really got together, I didn't think.

"Maybe in a business way it got together but everyone kept their own flags ... it didn't really turn into a love fest."

Starr, who lives in Los Angeles, said he rarely returned to Liverpool but he still felt close to his home city.

"I don't get back to Liverpool much at all," he said. "I get back when I play there and that's about it really."

Asked whether he still felt a close connection to Liverpool, Starr replied: "Oh yeah, are you kidding? I came from there. I'm a scouser. I know I haven't lost my accent."

Starr ruled out reuniting with ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney at the California music festival Desert Trip in October because he is away on tour.

The festival will feature Starr's son Zak Starkey, who plays drums for The Who, along with Sir Paul, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Roger Waters from Pink Floyd.

Despite a career spanning six decades, Starr said he still suffers with nerves before he performs with his all-star band.

"I get nerves every time," he said. "There's like five seconds before I go on, I want to go home.

"That's why I run on. If I run on and grab that mike then I'm fine. My aim is to saunter on one time but it hasn't happened yet."

Starr will celebrate his 76th birthday on Thursday by encouraging people to say his trademark phrase "peace and love" at noon around the world.

Former Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart will join Starr and his wife Barbara for the eighth annual Peace and Love event outside Capital Records Tower in Hollywood.

Starr said: "There's been a lot of violence out of there so I just go 'peace and love'. It's the alternative."

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