Berlin: Danny Boyle Says a Second Brexit Referendum Would Overturn U.K. Leave
"We were filming when Brexit happened, and we were as shocked as everyone, particularly in Scotland where people voted overwhelmingly to remain in Europe," said the 'T2 Trainspotting' helmer.
Danny Boyle says a second European Union referendum in the U.K. would see that country vote to remain in Europe.
"I think if you took the [Brexit] referendum now, people would vote to remain," the Steve Jobs and Slumdog Millionaire director said while promoting his latest movie, T2 Trainspotting, at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday.
Boyle recalled hearing the results of the U.K.'s EU referendum vote in June 2016, which saw the Leave side win with 52 percent of the vote, while in Edinburgh shooting the Trainspotting sequel. "We were filming when Brexit happened, and we were as shocked as everyone, particularly in Scotland where people voted overwhelmingly to remain in Europe," he told the Berlin presser.
Boyle said he sees the U.K.'s decision to exit the EU mostly through the eyes of his children. "It's their lives that it affects mostly, and they were in shock because they've grown up in Europe. Understandably, they felt let down that people were allowed to register what turned out to be a protest vote," he added.
When asked if he felt Irvine Welsh's original Trainspotting novel and Boyle's two movie adaptations inspired in any way the recent Brexit vote in the U.K. and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, Boyle said it was not intentional. "I don't think either of them are political movies. I think people do read into that as they do, with political interpretations. They're not intended as that," Boyle said.
T2 features Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller among an ensemble cast reteaming with Boyle for the sequel to 1996 British hit film Trainspotting. Sony's TriStar Pictures launched T2 Trainspotting in the U.S. ahead of a special screening in Berlin.