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I'm batting for Brexit, says former England cricketer Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham said 'England should be England' Credit: PA

Sir Ian Botham has announced he is backing the Brexit campaign over fears that England will become "cluttered" if it remains in the union.

The ex-England cricketer announced his support at an appearance alongside Boris Johnson at a Vote Leave event in Durham.

He expressed fears that the UK's powers had been "eroded by Brussels", and said "it would be nice to go back to being England".

The people coming into our country, they don't seem to have to come over with a job, any qualifications, just turn up.

I think it will get cluttered.

– Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian said: "I have been lucky enough to grow up in a wonderful country, a country that has always been able to look after itself."

He suggested that if the EU was inviting the UK to join afresh, we would "give it a very wide berth".

Asked about how the campaign was going, he said pollsters had been wrong before, and there was still three weeks to go.