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The 53-year-old is back on screens today as the second episode of his BBC series “The Adventures of Brian Cox in Space and Time” airs. The new documentary series examines how space exploration has developed over the past decade, while examining some of the most remarkable discoveries made. Praised for his ability to reinvigorate the nation’s interest in physics, Professor Cox is also a strong believer and has expressed his wish for the UK to continue to be part of the EU.
But a remark by the physicist was dismissed by critics on Twitter, after claiming he saw “Brexit as a transfer of rights from the individual to the government.”
Professor Cox shared an article on how Brexit ‘destroys the music’ as musicians and artists don’t get the visa assurances they want to make sure they can perform and go on tour in the block.
The Guardian article earlier this year detailed an account from musician Joseph Middleton, who said that in order for him to complete a concert in Spain, which had been booked for two years, he would have to spend £ 600 on ” visa invoices “.
This led Professor Cox to tweet: “I have always viewed Brexit as a transfer of rights from the individual to the government.
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“We had the right to work, to export our fish, to play our music, to buy and import goods, whatever … across our continent. Now we have to apply for permission.”
But his comment drew a strong backlash from social media users, who argued that Professor Cox was in fact wrong.
One of them wrote: “No, we the people as a collective group, our government registered us as members of an elite club. The group voted as individuals and decided to leave.
“The greatest expression of a man and a voice we have had. It was a transfer of power from the government to the individual.”
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A second explained that although “you have to ask for an authorization”, it is “the EU that makes it terrible for everyone” because the requests have to be directed to them.
They continued: “Their insistence on punishing the UK by unnecessarily complicating matters.
“The undemocratic fervor at the heart of the European project is laid bare.”
A third added, “You’ve got it all upside down, Brian.
“It’s a transfer of power to the national government, of course. But that power was transferred from the EU, not from the British people.”
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The physicist, who has also been a musician in several popular groups, is the author or co-author of more than 950 scientific publications.
He is perhaps best known for presenting a range of science programs, including his BBC series “Wonders of…”.
But this meeting was not the first time that the rest upset fans.
Last year he claimed “the moment [Boris Johnson] is gone, ”the UK“ will start a negotiation process ”with the EU – adding that“ the only way to regain control ”is to reintegrate.
This sparked anger, as did her comments after targeting Home Secretary Priti Patel and her plans to intercept migrants crossing the Channel.
Brian Cox’s Adventures in Space and Time airs tonight on BBC Two from 9pm
Ms Patel wrote: “We need the cooperation of the French to intercept the boats and send the migrants back to France.
“I know when the British say they want to take back control of our borders, that’s exactly what they mean.”
He replied: “I’m so sick of this ‘British people’ nonsense.
“It’s inflammatory and divisive and also wandering and meaningless nonsense in a multiparty democracy.
“The expression should be banned from political discourse. “
But people were not entirely on Professor Cox’s side, including one who wrote: “Professor Woke calls for the phrase ‘the British people’ to be banned. He would never say that about the ‘French people’ or the ‘German people’, of course. “
Brian Cox’s Adventures in Space and Time airs tonight on BBC Two from 9pm.