James Corden Makes Impassioned Plea Urging British Voters to Remain in European Union

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"It will be better for our economy, better for our industry, and better for our international relations," he argues on 'The Late Late Show.'

James Corden weighed in on the Brexit issue on Wednesday's Late Late Show.

The CBS talk show host made an impassioned plea to British voters, just hours before they were set to cast their votes on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union. Corden urged them to vote to remain.

"It will be better for our economy, better for our industry, and better for our international relations," Corden argued.

Polls opened Thursday morning in Britain for a referendum on whether the country should quit the European Union bloc it joined 43 years ago. More than 46 million people are registered to vote.

"Leave" campaigners claim that only a British exit can restore power to Parliament and control immigration. The "remain" campaign, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, argues that Britain is safer and richer inside the 28-nation EU.

Said Corden: "In today's world, I think the barriers should be going down, not going up. … Our show plays in 135 countries, which is amazing. I don't even think I can name 135 countries."

He continued: "My point is, wherever someone was born, we can share the same jokes and stories and interests. And ultimately, we are all in this together. And the more we embrace that the better our world will be. I hope the people of Britain use their vote, and I hope they go out and vote to remain in the European Union. I truly, truly do."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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