GLASTONBURY Festival founder Michael Eavis has come out in support of the 'in' campaign ahead of the EU referendum.

The vote takes place during the festival, which runs from June 22 to 26 at Mr Eavis' Worthy Farm, in Pilton, Somerset.

And the festival is urging people to register for postal votes if they are attending, as they will be unable to vote on site.

Meanwhile, Mr Eavis has penned five reasons he is backing the campaign to remain in the EU.

He wrote: "Your ‘five a day’ why you should vote to Remain In:

"1. We’re one of the few really successful economies in the world at the moment – why change a winning streak?

"2. The Iraq war is the worst foreign policy decision of the last 50 years. Where was that decision made? In our very own parliament. If only we had consulted with our friendly European neighbours, who were dead against the war. Just think of all the horror that followed – and is continuing to this day.

"3. All the most comforting human rights and working conditions of the last twenty years have been introduced by the European politicians. Let’s all be thankful for that.

"4. All the best car manufacturers around the world have invested huge sums to build the most modern car factories in the world here in the UK. Why? To sell their cars and trucks into the single market. And they employ tens of thousand of workers here in the UK.

"5. Finally, British agriculture is better protected by the E.U. because there are millions of farmers throughout Europe who they care about. I dread to think of a free market with our food needs. I think that a large proportion of our farmers would go bust.

"Michael Eavis"


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