Faith: ‘My family risks being torn apart by Brexit’

PUBLISHED: 11:32 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 14 December 2018

Performer Paloma Faith during a photocall outside Liverpool Street station in central London. Photograph: Zak Hussein/PA.

Performer Paloma Faith during a photocall outside Liverpool Street station in central London. Photograph: Zak Hussein/PA.

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Paloma Faith has explained that the fight against Brexit is personal to her because of her family’s connections to Europe.

Faith and her partner, French artist Leyman Lahcine, are applying for dual citizenship for their child. The singer is also trying to get dual citizenship herself with Spain.

She said: “Brexit is very personal to me because my partner is a French passport holder, and my dad is Spanish, and my mum’s English.”

The performer added: “I don’t know if it’s possible because we haven’t got a deal yet. It’s scary.

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“But I feel optimistic about the new generation. Young people seem so much more clued-up and I’m hoping they’re going to save it all.”

In an interview with the Independent she said that Theresa May should step down for making a “shitshow” of Brexit, saying it would be the most “courageous” thing she could do.

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She explained: “The most brilliant, courageous thing for her to do would be to realise her career’s over and be the guy that says ‘We’ve made a mistake, really sorry, it’s not possible. I’m going to implement a law that means this cannot be reversed within the next 10 years’.”

“At the moment she’s running the risk of her only legacy being that she made a shitshow of the situation.”

She previously said she “felt bad” for the prime minister because of the mockery she received for her dancing because she believed male politicians would not get the same treatment.

Faith was one of a number of stars in the music world to sign a letter trashing the government’s approach to Brexit.

The letter said that “Brexit represents a significant threat to the UK’s music industry” and that “in the post-Brexit UK, there is a clear risk that reaching consumers and fans will be more expensive, and international markets will be harder to access”.

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