RUSSELL Brand claims he helped Jeremy Corbyn get into power despite telling people not to vote and admits he doesn't “understand what Brexit means”.

The comedian tried to claim his view that “partisan politics is meaningless” had been “borne out” by the EU vote and the Labour leader’s election.

 Russell Brand says he 'doesn't know what Brexit means

But in an interview with the BBC about his “apathy” he dismissed the reasons why people wanted to leave the EU by saying he and others didn’t really know what they were voting for.

The 42-year-old star-turned-activist famously told his millions of social media followers not to bother voting in the 2015 election – before changing his mind at the last minute and endorsing Ed Miliband.

This year he voted for Jeremy Corbyn, and he claimed his earlier view “may in some small way have contributed” to the Labour leader’s rise within the party.

He told Newsnight: “I don’t think there was some kind of soothsayer Nostradamus on a peninsula peering out into the bleak unknowable, I was simply taking the temperature and speaking on behalf of a lot of people.”

Asked if he supports Brexit, Mr Brand said: “To be honest, I source my emotional connection to politics beyond those kind of parameters.

“What I am interested in is people having real power and people being able to control their own lives.”

 Comedian claims he helped Jeremy Corbyn get into power despite telling people not to vote

But ignoring people’s concerns about immigration and sovereignty, he said of the EU referendum: “I think in the case of both Trump and Brexit people saw a bright red button that said ‘F-off establishment’ and I think they pressed it.

“And I understand why they would. And like most people I don’t really understand what Brexit means.”

Elsewhere in the interview Mr Brand criticised Jacob Rees-Mogg, saying he is “from another dimension”.

He was asked about whether he changes his daughter’s nappy after the Conservative MP claimed not to have changed a single one despite having six children.

 Mr Brand criticised Jacob Rees-Mogg, saying he is from another dimension

He said: “Course I do. What else are you going to do? The bloody smell is unbearable and she is annoying if you do not change her nappy.”

Speaking of Mr Rees-Mogg’s reluctance to change nappies, the comic replied: “Well, that’s hardly surprising is it? He is from another dimension as far as I can work out.

“Given his staunch views on gender, it’s peculiar that he seems like a sort of bizarrely castrated by newly-appendaged Margaret Thatcher. He is winky Thatcher.”


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