Bat For Lashes on Brexit: “I somehow have the sense it needs to happen”

‘The Bride’ star told fans in a live webchat that a break from the EU could “revolutionise the structures on which we build our society.”

Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan has suggested that some positives could come out of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Addressing fans in a live webchat on The Guardian ahead of new album ‘The Bride’’s release, she spoke about how Brexit could impact the country.

She criticised the Leave campaign’s anti-immigration stance, which appears to have stirred further xenophobia in the UK. “I’m obviously devastated by the message that this choice has put out to the world, because I’m a product of a multicultural society,” she said.

But she also claimed that Brexit might be the only way in which the country’s societal structures can truly change. “I do believe the breakdown of the EU, whether I agree with it or not, is a symptom of a greater breakdown,” she said. “Although it’s painful for us in the near future, including for artists and musicians, I somehow have the sense it needs to happen to revolutionise the structures on which we build our society … It’s a wake-up call.”

She added: “I’d like to offer some reassurance in the fact that I think the corporate structures of our world are not serving us and haven’t done for many years and even though this is a scary time of unrest and upheaval, looking at it from a grander perspective, it’s an important part of the breakdown of outmoded political and economic models.”

Bat For Lashes’ new album ‘The Bride’ is out tomorrow, 1st July.

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