Madness legend Suggs has revealed how the band were left divided over Brexit – as he spoke of his own regret for previously hitting out at Leavers.
The singer sparked controversy after an interview with German newspaper in which he branded Brexiteers “small-minded”.
Now he has told how his Madness bandmates were similarly conflicted over whether to Leave or Remain.
“I mean it’s funny even in my band there were Brexiters and Remainers, like every family in the country. We had punch-ups about all that,” he says.
Talking about his controversial comments, he added: “I was very pro-remain and I got a lot of stick for that…. everything comes back to bite your f**** arse nowadays.
“And I regret that. I didn’t mean that. I mean I just thought it was a kind of a moronic campaign. It didn’t have any kind of reality. So as time went on I appreciated people’s genuine feelings and that it was a democratic vote, and I have to accept that.”
Suggs was talking as he prepares to headline the Hi-Tide festival at Dreamland, in Margate, this July along with Fatboy Slim.
Labour supporter Suggs also had his say over the leadership hopefuls vying for the top job.
He said: “I mean there’s nobody jumping out at me really. I thought there were a lot of great policies in that election but it is also to do with personality and I don’t really see that big personality at the moment.
“I mean we’ve got four years hopefully to sort it out.”
Of Labour’s loss at the last election, he says: “I mean the writing was on the wall, not least when Dominic Cummings pulled out that Get Brexit Done phrase?
“It doesn’t matter how many nice speeches you make that’s all they remember.”
The Hi-Tide festival will be one of the headline events helping to mark Dreamland Margate’s 100th anniversary in 2020