Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger has given the ‘Brexit’ campaign an unexpected boost by saying that leaving the EU could be in Britain’s long-term interest.

The singer was speaking at the launch of the group’s new ‘Exhibitionism’ art installation at the Saatchi Gallery in London on Sunday evening (April 3rd). When asked by Sky News about the issue tearing Britain’s political parties apart, he claimed that although he didn’t feel the question would affect him personally either way, he felt that it might be beneficial for Britain after some initial turbulence.

Rolling StonesMick Jagger with the rest of the Rolling Stones at the opening of 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery

Having initially ducked the question by saying he was “hedging” his views about the vote on June 23rd, he then said “I think to the country in the short term it will be detrimental. In the longer term, in say a twenty-year term, it might turn out to be beneficial.”

He also speculated that the British Prime Minister David Cameron would not choose to hold the referendum now if he had the chance, given how close the polls are at the moment.

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“I wonder if David Cameron, if he was asked today, whether he would actually want to put this out for a referendum now,” the 72 year old rock icon wondered.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday (April 5th), the PM, who favours Britain remaining in the European Union, said that to leave would be “needless and reckless” and described it as an “act of economic and political self-harm”.

Back in Rolling Stones world, the group recently suggested that their new album, their first since 2005, would be “bluesy” sounding and should be released by the end of the year. Meanwhile, their career-spanning exhibition runs until September 4th.

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