War veteran Victor Gregg says Brexit is ‘breaking his heart’ on 100th birthday

Victor Gregg served with the Rifle Brigade in India and Palestine before serving in the Western Desert. As a member of the Parachute Regiment, he saw action in the Battle of Arnhem and was sentenced to death in Dresden – a fate he escaped due to ally bombing. 

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He has recently turned 100 and earlier this month published a new edition of his book, Rifleman. 

BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker and Louise Minchin welcomed him onto the show to discuss his incredible life as a war hero but it seemed Victor was feeling more reflective. 

The veteran was presented with a delicious chocolate cake for his 100th birthday and took the chance to discuss recent political events.

Louise thanked Victor for his time on the show, before the war hero gave his opinion on the state of the UK. 

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Meanwhile, viewers were quick to praise Victor for his opinion as they flocked to Twitter. 

One said: “Wisdom from 100 year old war veteran and POW Victor Gregg today about #brexit. – ‘It makes me want to cry thinking about it’,  ‘Thinking we can go it alone, we can’t’.  Thoughts plastic soldier Mark Francois?”

Another added: “Wonderful Victor Gregg 100 years old today. Paratrooper who fought at El-Alamein, captured at Arnhem and suffered the bombing at Dresden. Said it was breaking his heart. All the struggle and sacrifice “Go it alone we can’t”. Stop Brexit.”

A third commented: “All these Brexiters invoking the war and blitz spirit…Here’s a proper WW2 veteran, 100 year old Victor Gregg speaking of his heartbreak at the UK being broken up after all the sacrifices made during the war, and the misguided belief we can go it alone- ‘we can’t’. #BBCBreakfast.”

Did any of you see forces veteran, Victor Gregg on @BBCNews just now? His disappointment at Brexit was very powerful and should be a game changer for those who thought leaving the EU might be a good idea,” shared a fourth.  

A fifth commented: “Victor Gregg 100 years old today who lived through and fought in WW2 says it breaking his heart what is happening to his country #Brexiters listen to someone who knows!”

Yesterday on BBC Breakfast, Mike Bushell spoke about why he thought Dev Griffin was eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing. 

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One at 6am. 

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