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Brave soul dons ‘I Love Brexit’ T-shirt in the heart of liberal Glastonbury Festival

As thousands of Glastonbury festival-goers roast in this weekend’s scorching temperatures, the Brexit process is also hotting up.

Tory leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are on the campaign stump, with both contenders promising to take the UK out of the European Union even if a withdrawal deal cannot be struck. 

But while pledges to carry out Brexit might win over Conservative Party members in the race for Number 10, they are unlikely to be as popular with the revellers soaking up the sun at the Somerset music event.

Glastonbury is notorious for attracting crowds of a more liberal persuasion, such as Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow who famously yelled ‘f*** the Tories’ at the festival in 2017.

And in the same year, chants of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn!’ rang out on the main stage as the Labour leader addressed the masses.

To test the anti-Brexit sentiment among the crowds, one festival-goer wore an ‘I Love Brexit’ t-shirt and recorded the reaction – which ranged from friendly laughs to icy stares and outright hostility.   

MailOnline sent a man wearing an ‘I love Brexit’ shirt to the famously liberal Glastonbury Festival to gauge the reaction of the crowd 

Strolling around Worthy Farm from the John Peel and Pyramid stages to the Extinction Rebellion climate change camp, (pictured) the eye-catching garb provoked plenty of stares and some acid remarks, but little outright hostility

Strolling around Worthy Farm from the John Peel and Pyramid stages to the Extinction Rebellion climate change camp, (pictured) the eye-catching garb provoked plenty of stares and some acid remarks, but little outright hostility

One Glastonbury reveller asked for a selfie with the eye-catching attire. While others muttered snide comments and suppressed laughs

One Glastonbury reveller asked for a selfie with the eye-catching attire. While others muttered snide comments and suppressed laughs 

Glastonbury has long been associated with left-wing activism, and in 2017 featured a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. But the Brexit t-shirt was met with a fairly muted reaction

Glastonbury has long been associated with left-wing activism, and in 2017 featured a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. But the Brexit t-shirt was met with a fairly muted reaction  

Strolling around Worthy Farm from the John Peel and Pyramid stages to the Extinction Rebellion climate change camp, the eye-catching garb provoked plenty of stares and some acid remarks, but little outright hostility. 

Starting off among fans of the Dutch indie pop group Pip Blom, our man received several bemused looks. 

A slow walk to the second largest stage, The Other, saw the first remarks drift in. ‘Nonce’ one young lady shouted. ‘That’s a risky one,’ another added. 

The mood continued to sour when the word ‘knobhead’ was uttered. 

But then the relative calm was broken in an instant. 

‘Who the f*** would wear an “I love Brexit” t-shirt to Glasto?’ screamed a ruffled Remainer.

With that it was time for some alcoholic refreshment, so the reporter and his colleague headed to the beer tent, where they received ice-cold stares from bar staff while ordering two still ciders in plastic cups for £4 a pop.

Glastonbury has long been associated with left-wing activism, and in 2017 featured a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. 

It was that same year Jon Snow was accused of joining an ‘f*** the Tories’ chant at the £253-a-ticket festival, although he claims to have no recollection of this. 

As our reporter trekked towards the festival’s main sign, the comments continued to roll. 

One reveller called the wearer ‘brave’ and a ‘legend’ but warned he ‘could get f****** killed’. 

Another approached and asked for a selfie.

There were some positive responses. A steward, ensuring nobody was hurt while crossing the road, shouted: 'I love Brexit, that's f****** class!'

There were some positive responses. A steward, ensuring nobody was hurt while crossing the road, shouted: ‘I love Brexit, that’s f****** class!’

The reporter and his colleague stopped off at the beer tent, where they received ice-cold stares from bar staff while ordering two still ciders in plastic cups for £4 a pop

One reveller called the wearer 'brave' and a 'legend' but warned he 'could get f****** killed'

The reporter and his colleague stopped off at the beer tent, (left) where they received ice-cold stares from bar staff while ordering two still ciders in plastic cups for £4 a pop

Brexit may have divided the country - but at laid-back Glastonbury people were clearly more interested in enjoying the music than talking politics

Brexit may have divided the country – but at laid-back Glastonbury people were clearly more interested in enjoying the music than talking politics

The Brexit t-shirt drew a mixed response as some people shot disgusted expressions while others laughed. One woman was less than impressed, describing Brexit as an 'utter bag of f****** s****'

The Brexit t-shirt drew a mixed response as some people shot disgusted expressions while others laughed. One woman was less than impressed, describing Brexit as an ‘utter bag of f****** s****’

The Londoner who wished to stay anonymous, revealed his favourite political stat – that more people voted for Brexit in the capital than voted for Sadiq Khan as their first choice for Mayor. 

He said he originally voted Remain, and was at Glastonbury three years ago when the referendum result was announced, but had now switched to supporting Brexit. 

At 4.30pm, The Lumineers were heading the Other Stage while Bastille drew an enormous crowd at Pyramid. 

Again, the Brexit t-shirt drew a mixed response as some people shot disgusted expressions while others laughed. 

A steward, ensuring nobody was hurt while crossing the road, shouted: ‘I love Brexit, that’s f****** class!’

A punter down the road – a woman in her mid-20s, was less impressed.

‘Is that What you REALLY think?’ she asked.  

‘Well, do you support Brexit?’ the reporter replied. 

Her response was blunt: ‘No, it’s an utter f****** bag of s****’. 

That may have been the opinion of many of the 175,000-strong Glastonbury audience, but few said so when given the chance. 

Brexit may have divided the country – but at laid-back Glastonbury people were clearly more interested in enjoying the music than talking politics. 

In 2017, Jon Snow was accused of joining an 'f*** the Tories' chant at the £253-a-ticket festival, although he claims to have no recollection of this. Pictured is our reporter walking through the venue wearing the shirt

In 2017, Jon Snow was accused of joining an ‘f*** the Tories’ chant at the £253-a-ticket festival, although he claims to have no recollection of this. Pictured is our reporter walking through the venue wearing the shirt 

The relaxed Glastonbury crowd hardly blink as the reporter strolls by in his 'I love Brexit' shirt. Their reaction was mirrored across much of the festival

The relaxed Glastonbury crowd hardly blink as the reporter strolls by in his ‘I love Brexit’ shirt. Their reaction was mirrored across much of the festival 

Brexit was far from everybody's minds at Glastonbury as revellers enjoyed the balmy 84F temperatures in Somerset

Brexit was far from everybody’s minds at Glastonbury as revellers enjoyed the balmy 84F temperatures in Somerset 

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