A gold medalist tells the Leave campaign where to stick it [VIDEO]

Callum Skinner
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A pro-Brexit campaign just tried to capitalise on Team GB’s success in the Rio 2016 Olympics and push its anti-EU agenda, but gold medallist Callum Skinner was having none of it.

Leave.EU, whose tagline is “leading the way out of the EU”, showed its support for Team GB with a video tweeted on 15 August.

The video features quotes that might have been said about Britain’s place in the world – “we’re too small” and “we need to be in the EU” – and then uses images of medal-winning Olympians at Rio. The implication is that Britain’s Olympic success is proof that it can exist outside of the EU.

But one Team GB athlete, cyclist Callum Skinner, clearly disagrees.

Skinner won gold during the team sprint event, and silver in the individual sprint, and he doesn’t want that associated with leaving the EU. He replied to the Leave.EU tweet saying that he didn’t want them to use his image to promote their campaign, finishing the tweet with emojis of the EU flag and the Union Jack side by side.


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