Political filmmaker Michael Moore has criticised British people planning to vote 'Leave' in the EU referendum, saying that the focus on immigration "is not who you are".
The US native, best known for his political documentaries Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, spoke at a press conference in London where he was asked about the 23 June vote.
"Why would you do this? You saved Europe. Europe today is in large apart because of you, the UK, you sacrificed and suffered in the 30's and 40's to save Europe. Why would you want to leave? Because some of the arguments I've had to listen to this morning on the news - "It costs too much money. It's 50 million pounds a day. Immigrants, immigrants, immigrants, immigrants." Really? That's not who you are. Come on," he said.
Moore's latest film, 'Where To Invade Next' sees him visit (or, as the movie's title implies, personally invade) numerous countries to learn what he believes are positive aspects of their cultures and then take them back to the United States to improve the American way of life.
However, Moore did not visit the UK in the documentary as he felt the country had grown too similar to the U.S.
"It was a conscious and purposeful decision to not come to the UK, with all due respect. We wanted to go to countries where we thought we could learn something. I mean this with respect, we didn't feel there was anything left to learn anything here and you had given up on yourself to such a degree.... The fact that you would want to put your 18 to 22-year-olds in debt just because they want to go to university. That you would start charging like this like you have. That's just one example. Why would you do this?" questioned Moore.
'Where To Invade Next' is released in the UK and Ireland on 10 June.