Gavin and Stacey star James Corden apologised to ‘Britain’s youth over Brexit’

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The TV star, 42, became best-known for his role of Neil ‘Smithy’ Smith in the popular British show Gavin and Stacey. The BBC will replay last year’s Christmas special to get viewers into the festive spirit after they confirmed there would be no new episode from creators Corden and Ruth Jones. Away from his work on the small screen, Corden, who now hosts The Late Late Show in the US, broke away from lighthearted entertainment to weigh-in on Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Prior to the result of the 2016 EU referendum, where 52 percent of the public voted to leave the bloc, Corden came out as a Remainer and spoke out against the Leave campaign. 

During his US chat show, the star expressed that he “really hoped” we stayed in the EU because he felt the nation benefited from the arrangement. 

He said: “It will be better for our economy, better for our industry and better for our international relations.”

Corden argued that Britain’s membership in the EU represented “much more” than the financial benefits. 

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He said: “In today’s world, barriers should be going down, not going up. 

“Our show plays in 135 countries, I don’t even think I can name 135 countries.

“Wherever someone was born, we can share the same jokes and stories and interests. 

“Ultimately, we are all in this together. I hope the people of Britain go out and vote Remain.”

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After Britain’s call to leave the EU was made clear on June 23, Corden took to Twitter to vent his frustration four days later. 

He wrote: “I can’t get my head around what’s happening in Britain. I’m so sorry to the youth of Britain. I fear you’ve been let down today.”

The TV star was joined by other celebrities who voiced opposition to Brexit, including singer Lily Allen.

She branded the former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt an “insidious p****” and told him: “You will not get calm.”

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Their comments were met by scores of celebrities in favour of Brexit, including Sir Michael Caine.

In 2017, he told The Guardian: “I voted for Brexit. What it is with me, I’d rather be a poor master than a rich servant. 

“It wasn’t about racism, immigrants or anything, it was about freedom.”

More celebrities joined the debate, including those who were anti-Brexit, after Remainers called for a second referendum in a bid to overturn the people’s decision. 

Last year, Noel Gallagher told CityLife magazine that the “one thing worse” than the result in 2016 was “the rise of the c***s trying to get the vote overturned”.

He continued: “You take part in a democratic f***ing process – if you don’t like the outcome, go to North Korea.”

In 2017, Beatles legend Sir Ringo Starr told the BBC: “The people voted and they have to get on with it. 

“I would have voted for Brexit, I would have voted to get out. But don’t tell Bob Geldof, ha, ha. I think it’s a great move, to be in control of your own country.”

Brexit: Mummery says UK will have 'finest fisheries' worldwide

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to announce a post-Brexit trade deal this morning but it was stalled after they continued discussions over fishing.

It was discovered that the European Commission had used out-of-date data figures to work out the amount of fish that member states could catch in British waters. 

Express.co.uk understands that Brussels will be forced to hand back 25 percent of the value of fish it catches over the five-and-a-half-year transition period as part of the deal.

A No 10 insider told Politico that the UK will reclaim “130,000 tonnes a year”, which they reported enough to “stretch to the South Pole and back”.

The unnamed source, who said the outcome was a victory for Britain, added: “After that, we can fish and eat every damn fish in our waters.”

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg reported that Mr Johnson and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke four times yesterday to get the deal “over the line”.

Today’s delay over the amount of fish that EU member states can catch in UK waters was predicted to need “several hours” to work through, earlier this morning.

Last year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special will air at 8.40pm tonight on BBC One.

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