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‘My gut says stay in the EU’ – Jeremy Clarkson to David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron meets James May during an EU-related visit to W. Chump & Sons Ltd TV studio in west London.

Ex-Top Gear host says he will favor Bremain and that the need to remain is one thing he agrees on with co-star James May

David Cameron meets Jeremy Clarkson and James May
David Cameron meets Jeremy Clarkson and James May, who both said they would vote to remain in the EU.

The former Top Gear presenters spoke as they met David Cameron in the west London office of their TV production company.

Clarkson said to the prime minister: “It’s an extraordinary thing that James and I only agree on three things, which is sandwich spread is delicious, the old Subaru Legacy Outback is a good car and Britain staying in.”

During the informal talk with Cameron over croissants and cappuccinos in Stronger In branded mugs, Clarkson added: “I have not, with the greatest of respect, heard one politician say anything that’s caused me to change my mind.

“There’s huge numbers that don’t understand and get confused. Really, it’s my gut.”

Clarkson has previously declared being in favour of Bremain, saying it would be “better to stay in and try to make the damn thing work properly”.

Cameron tours the west London office of the former Top Gear trio’s production firm.
Cameron tours the west London office of the former Top Gear trio’s production firm.

The presenter also said he felt there were “compelling” reasons for leaving but added: “They’re not compelling enough for me to say I want to drive a Morris Oxford, which is what would happen.”

May, meanwhile, said: “If I’m honest, it’s a gut feeling for me as well. There are too many people who think we will be all right, but that’s just not true.”

The pair discussed the effects of Brexit on the UK car industry and Cameron said manufacturers would face tariffs on exports to the continent in the event of a vote to leave.

He said: “I’ve spent a lot of time in different car plates in the last few years and if you look at Toyota, Nissan, Jaguar, Ford, they are all doing well in Britain.

“They are all expanding, they are all making more, they are all selling more and if we were out – like America was out and with a trade deal like them – they would actually face a tariff on every single car they send to Europe.”

Clarkson added that his fellow presenter Richard Hammond, who was filming in France for the trio’s Amazon Prime show, was still undecided. “He is a ‘don’t know’ – he does not actually know there’s a referendum on,” he joked.


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