Queen's Brian May sticks the boot into the Brexit 'disaster'


Brian May has said the aftermath of the EU referendum has been "a disaster" for the UK because of the lack of preparation.

The Queen guitarist talked about Brexit on Monday during an interview with Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

He told the presenters: "My first reaction was it's a disaster because nobody had a plan. I don't blame the voters for voting out because I think they were given very good reasons - the reasons turned out to be lies, unfortunately."

Brian May is campaigning for badgers (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Brian May is campaigning for badgers (Anthony Devlin/PA)

He added: "They all got worried about immigration and they got worried about being dictated to by foreigners or whatever. But, of course, Brexit will not fix those things and that's the terrible thing. I have every sympathy with people in Wigan who thought, 'Let's reclaim Britain,' but it ain't going to happen."

Animal rights campaigner Brian, 68, appeared on ITV's breakfast show to discuss the Team Badger campaign.

It was set up to oppose the Government's cull of badgers to combat bovine tuberculosis.

Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen performing (David Jensen/PA)
Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen performing (David Jensen/PA)

But he also touched on the increase in racist incidents reported in the UK post-Brexit as he discussed Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican US presidential nominee.

"Trump is a very dangerous man," Brian said. "I think that whole extreme right thing is a very terrible place for us to be going in the world. I hate to see the racial stuff that's coming up in this country as well."

The music star said: "I find it deeply upsetting, so yes, there's a bit of partisan thought there."

Brian May on stage (Felipe Dana/AP)
Brian May on stage (Felipe Dana/AP)

On the subject of Team Badger, Brian told Piers and Susanna that there would be a presentation to the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Leading animal welfare groups - including the RSPCA, Badger Trust and The League Against Cruel Sports - have joined together to raise awareness and drum up support on the issue.

He hailed the public's reaction to the campaign: "It's showing the fact that people, in the midst of all this chaos, actually still care about animals - which I think is great."