Last Thursday (23Jun16) Britons went to the polls in a referendum to decide whether the country should leave the international organisation.

Voters elected to leave the EU by a margin of 52 to 48 per cent, meaning that Britain's political leaders have begun to set out the terms of the U.K.'s departure, dubbed "Brexit".

As an Austrian actor who got his first break in The Gravy Train, a 1990 British TV series about the EU, Christoph has strong feelings about the idea.

Speaking ahead of the vote, he compared the idea to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, telling editors at London's Evening Standard newspaper, "It's like handing someone a gun and telling them to shoot themself in the knee."

He adds, "Go for Brexit? It's one of the silliest, most infantile things on earth. Why would you want to leave the European Union?"

In the interview, the Spectre star argued that Brits needed to be more educated about politics, adding, "It's time to get them a little educated about the European Union and what it's supposed to do. America already indicated it is not interested so much in giving Britain special status if it is not in the EU, so what's going to be left?"

Christoph's fear that Britain would vote to leave came true when the results of the referendum were announced last Friday (24Jun16), with the outcome of the vote causing the country's Prime Minister David Cameron, who wanted to remain in the EU, to tender his resignation.

Although it is too early to tell if Christoph's dire warnings about Brexit turn out to be true, in the wake of the vote Britain is experiencing the most turbulent period in its recent political history. In addition to Cameron quitting, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, also faces a challenge to his position, with a majority of his political colleagues calling on him to resign.