Bob Geldof rails against Brexit as he backs Lib Dems in Richmond Park
Singer who ‘wants to argue with guys who want out’ calls for tactical voting in byelection to defeat Brexiter Zac Goldsmith
Bob Geldof’s last significant intervention in the Brexit debate saw him chased down the river by a flotilla commandeered by Nigel Farage. With the battle of the Thames lost, Geldof is hoping for a better result back on dry land, campaigning with the Lib Dems to oust Brexiter Zac Goldsmith in the Richmond Park byelection.
Appearing alongside the Lib Dem candidate, Sarah Olney, by Richmond station in south-west London, Geldof said he did not want to see MPs block the referendum result but said pro-EU arguments still had a place in the debate. “We accept the result of the referendum, but it’s our responsibility and duty to debate it, to persuade people,” he said. “This is a bust. We can’t derail the process, but we are voting in some like [Olney] who will stand in parliament and speak for her constituents who voted overwhelming to stay in Europe.