Sir David Attenborough: people in the UK are “fed up” with the EU “there had to be a change, one way or another”.

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Sir David Attenborough has said that many people in the UK are “fed up” with the European Union.

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the naturalist and broadcaster said the EU may not have paid enough attention to what people care about and has allowed itself to do things that irritate people.

“I think that the irritation of the ways in which the European community has interfered with people’s lives on silly levels or silly issues has irritated a lot of people,” he told the paper.

“They’re just fed up with somebody over there who doesn’t speak their language, telling him how much money they’ve got to charge for tomatoes or something silly.”

Asked if he was more of a Brexiteer than a Remainer, Sir David said he believed “there had to be a change, one way or another”.

He said people were becoming “enraged” and that he hoped people remembered “the lunacy that overtook Europe” in the Second World War.

Sir David added that he thought the political system has got itself into an “absurd” mess.

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