Celebrities Take Sides on UK’s Brexit Vote

On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether to remain or leave the European Union, a referendum whose consequences could ripple around the world's economy. Many British celebrities have taken to social media to express their opinion on the so-called Brexit (short for British exit), while almost 300 artists have signed a letter urging the UK to remain within the EU.

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The "Sherlock" actor joined hundreds of other artists in signing a letter calling for the UK to stay in the EU.
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The actress expressed support for a Brexit, writing in her column for Spear's Magazine that "If it means we can go back to using decent light bulbs (60-watt, peach-colored, both bayonet and screw-in) — I'm joining Brexit for sure."
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The soccer star explained his support for remaining in the EU on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Beckham/posts/10153494743056571:0" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, stating, "For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain."
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In a <a href="http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/#/timeline/on-monsters-villains-and-the-EU-referendum" target="_blank">blog post</a> on her website, the "Harry Potter" author wrote: "The research demonstrates that we don't know what we've got. Ignorant of what it gives us, we take the benefits of EU membership for granted."
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Sir Michael Caine <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03g6r28" target="_blank">told BBC Radio 4</a> in February that "I sort of feel certain that we should come out."
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Cowell told <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/simon-cowell-voting-remain-eu-8017320" target="_blank">the Mirror newspaper</a>: "I don't think at this time — because it is a tricky time — you would want to be on your own on a tiny island."
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Jude Law joined hundreds of other artists in signing a letter calling for the UK to stay in the EU.
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Collins expressed support for the UK to leave the EU, <a href="https://twitter.com/joancollinsdbe/status/702563424450928640" target="_blank">tweeting in February</a> the word "Brexit" followed by several Union Jack flags and a thumbs up emoji.
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Elba expressed his support for remaining in the EU on <a href="https://twitter.com/idriselba/status/742818488574742528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, saying, "My parents immigrated to the UK, worked hard and made a contribution..ME...on that basis VOTE IN..."
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The actress joined hundreds of other artists in signing a letter calling for the UK to stay in the EU.
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The "Downton Abbey" creator compared the EU to the Austro-Hungarian empire <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3478563/I-m-Downton-TV-writer-Julian-Fellowes-claims-EU-like-Austro-Hungarian-empire-look-ended.html" target="_blank">in the Daily Mail</a>, and said, "I believe we should be out. It’s about philosophy, it’s about democracy, it’s about democracy versus autocracy, all of those issues."
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The latest actor to portray James Bond appeared in <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BG7MK-UxEoO/" target="_blank">an Instagram photo</a> wearing a shirt that read "No man is an island," a quote from poet John Donne, asking UK residents to vote remain on June 23.
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The Monty Python member <a href="https://twitter.com/johncleese/status/741741834003709953" target="_blank">took to Twitter</a> to explain his support for leaving the EU: "If I thought there was any chance of major reform in the EU, I'd vote to stay in.But there isn't.Sad."
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The model-turned-actress urged her Instagram followers to vote on June 23, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CaraDelevingneOfficialPage/photos/a.1554170204910609.1073741830.1453470311647266/1624479707879658/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">expressed support</a> for remaining in the EU on Facebook.
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The singer urged his Instagram followers to <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BG6OnNDAGbC/" target="_blank">"Build bridges not walls,"</a> adding, "I'm voting to remain."
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