Marcus Wareing says he’s excited about leaving the EU despite voting to remain

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The high profile chef and MasterChef: The Professionals judge, Marcus Wareing says he’s excited about leaving the EU despite voting to remain.

Speaking to the BBC, the Michelin starred chef said he was initially shocked by the result but has now come to terms with the prospect of leaving the EU which he is now seeing in a positive light.

In an interview which will air in full on the BBC later tonight, Wednesday, December 13, he said: “I voted to remain. I’ve learnt more about Brexit since we voted to leave Europe.

“I wish it had been the other way around but I’m really excited about the choice of leaving.”

Marcus explains that it was only the day after the EU referendum took place that his outlook began to change.

“I was shocked the morning I woke up and I heard the result.”

He continued: “After 24 hours of thinking about it, it was a - ‘do you know what? We’ve just got to get on with this now’.”
In the interview, the celebrity chef continues to explain how our decision can now help ‘build our own future’.

Back in the summer fellow TV chef Gordon Ramsay admitted he was struggling post Brexit. When we took to social media for your thoughts you also expressed concerns regarding the surge in imported food costs.

When asked about the difficulty chefs and restaurateurs have faced since the pound dropped and losing staff, Marcus’ responded by saying there would be ‘a really interesting twist’ from the vote which will result in Brits having to work harder.

“There’s a really interesting twist in not having more of the European community coming to the UK to work and that is that we Brits have to get out of bed and maybe work a little bit harder.”

He continued by saying how schools and colleges will now need to speak to the younger generation coming through to get them excited about different industries.

“When I was at school and college there was two or three things that stood out, there was wood work, metal work, cookery there was sewing, there was all sorts of different things I did as a young boy at school and carried on into catering college.

“You don’t see a lot of this so we need to really get back to really good industries.”

We want to know what affect Brexit has had on your restaurant, if any, and what plans have you put into place to protect your business over the next few years? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below or head over to our Facebook page or Twitter to keep the conversation going.

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Editor 13th December 2017

Marcus Wareing says he’s excited about leaving the EU despite voting to remain