Jamie Oliver says we should 'get on with Brexit' despite previously calling it a 'really, really bad idea'

PUBLISHED: 10:52 29 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:55 29 July 2019

Chef Jamie Oliver in a kitchen in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA.

Chef Jamie Oliver in a kitchen in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA.

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Jamie Oliver, who previously backed Remain, now says the UK should 'get on with Brexit' despite blaming it for why his business struggled.

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Speaking at the end of the last year Oliver told the German Press Agency that he was really angry about it.

He said: "I'm angry about it and I'm embarrassed. "I was against Brexit from the beginning and I certainly did not vote in favour of it, I took a clear stand at the time and I think that it's a really, really bad idea."

The 44-year-old celebrity chef said that he was concerned about the continuation of good international trade relations and the impact on the food industry.

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He had also previously blamed Brexit as a reason for his Italian restaurant chain struggling, shortly before it collapsed in the UK, despite success in other countries including Ireland.

He told the Financial Times: "Rents, rates, the high street declining, food costs, Brexit, increase in the minimum wage. There was a lot going on."

Now Oliver says because he "believes in democracy" he wants Britain to "get on with it" - including a deal with America.

He told the Times: "We want to do business with America and I think as long as we can protect our standards we're in a good place. If we're just going to have all of our culture and standards destroyed in a race to the bottom, then I'll do my best to stop that."

He continued: "It is divisive and has split families and workplaces. My own family has been split over it.

"But I believe in democracy and I believe in moving on and we should get on with it."

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