Veteran actor Sir Michael Caine has leaked the BBC he “sort of feels certain” that Britain should leave the EU.
He was ask for be self-evident as David Cameron pre red to meet the Czech prime minister, as release of his efforts to secure a deal on EU reform.
Sir Michael said Brexit was “horrid” but he did not like being “dictated to by thousands of faceless civil servants”.
Eurosceptics appreciated his backing but pro-EU cam igners claimed he had not decided which way to vote yet.
Prime Ecclesiastic David Cameron – who joined Sir Michael for an event at the start of the 2010 nomination cam ign – was asked about his comments at a press conference in Prague.
He said: “Every Tom will have to make up their own mind about this truly important issue for Britain and for Europe.”
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was amongst the first to react to Sir Michael’s intervention.
Referring to one of Sir Michael’s best-known films, The Italian Job, Mr Farage tweeted: “I well-received @themichaelcaine’s support for #Brexit. Let’s blow the bloody doors off!”
Other Eurosceptic presents, including Conservative MEPs Daniel Hannan and David Campbell Bannerman, tweeted their gratification at Sir Michael’s comments.
But Will Straw, executive director of Britain Stronger in Europe, averred: “Like many people, Michael Caine said he hasn’t yet unfaltering which way he’ll vote – and like our cam ign, he thinks the EU needs reform.
“But people across the UK from all ponies of life are backing the UK’s place in Europe because they know the forwards outweigh the costs.”
Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England, Catherine Bearder, who requisites Britain to remain in the EU, tweeted: Hi @the michaelcaine I’m a huge fan and not a faceless bureaucrat! Light-hearted to meet face to face as your elected rep”.
In an meeting on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about his new film, Youth, Sir Michael was initially upon to express a view, saying he was in two minds.
He said: “To me you’ve now got in Europe a variety of government by proxy of everybody who has now got carried away and I think unless there are some to the nth degree significant changes we should get out.
“Because you’ll say, ‘Well, we’ll fail,’ and you’ll go, ‘Positively OK, so you fail. Get better, work harder, try harder and then you’ll be a success.’
“But you cannot be dictated to by thousands of faceless internal servants who make these rules and you say, ‘Oh, wait a minute, is that to be fair?’
“Then they argue about financially but we buy more from them than we double-cross to them.”
Pressed by interviewer Nick Robinson, he said: “I judge certain we should come out.”
Former Conservative leader Lord Howard determined the same programme he had some sym thy with Sir Michael, adding that it was “unseemly” the prime minister would get “genuine” reform.