Sir Rod Stewart blames Tory victory on Brexit as he congratulates Boris on his historic win

Sir Rod Stewart has joined the ranks of those blaming Brexit for the Conservatives’ huge general election victory.

The rock idol told a packed arena of fans that he thought people had voted for the Tories “because they want to get out of Europe”.

The comments came on the same day Sir Rod fell under fire from some people for appearing to endorse Boris Johnson.

The 74-year-old shared a message on Twitter after his album You’re In My Heart became his 10th number one album, referencing Robbie Williams and The Who - who claimed second and third spots in the charts - and adding: “well done Boris”.

Isle of Wight Festival - Isle of Wight, Britain - 11/06/2017 - Rod Stewart performs as the headline act on the Main Stage during the Isle Of Wight festival in Seaclose Park. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs
Sir Rod Stewart, pictured here at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2017, told an audience in Birmingham that he thought people had voted Tory because they want to get out of Europe (Picture: REUTERS/Tom Jacobs)

Speaking at a packed concert in Birmingham as part of his current UK tour, Sir Rod referred to the Conservatives’ crushing defeat of Labour.

He went on to say: “I don’t think any of them are great leaders because they all f***ing lie. Millions here, millions there. They’ve got no money.

“But I think everybody voted for the Tories, not necessarily Corbyn, because they want to get out of Europe. It’s as simple as that.”


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His comments came as Birmingham and its surrounding areas were among those where the Tories gained seats from Labour.

Birmingham Northfield fell to the Conservatives, along with West Bromwich East and West, marking the first time West Bromwich has had any Tory MPs since 1935.

In the Black Country, the Conservatives also took Wolverhampton North East and Wolverhampton South West.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Third Qualifying Round Second Leg - Celtic v CFR Cluj - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Britain - August 13, 2019   Rod Stewart in the stands before the match     REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Sir Rod previously said he thought Boris Johnson would "sort it out" when it comes to Brexit (Picture: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne)

Sir Rod had previously backed backed Boris Johnson saying when it came to Brexit, he thought the Prime Minister would “sort it out”.

Speaking to BBC Scotland's The Nine programme in November, he also said it would be “a shame” if Scotland became independent.

He said: “We're in a muddle, but I think Boris will sort it out. We have to be patient.

“What I do know is that I was always a remainer. I didn't see why we had to leave. Maybe it's something that I'm missing, I don't know, but I'm still a remainer. I know Boris is going to get us out.”

Celebrities have been giving their reactions to the election result since Thursday night, with grime star Stormzy saying the future looked dark for minorities in the UK.

Some, including James Corden, joined in suggestions that Jeremy Corbyn’s unpopularity had caused problems for Labour, while Piers Morgan mocked Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan, saying they had 'helped' Boris Johnson to a 'landslide' victory.