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The three-time world champion, 79, also insisted that Britain should press ahead with Theresa May’s Brexit plan. Speaking in Melbourne, Australia, Sir Jackie said: “I’ve lived in Switzerland since 1968, and I love it there, and it’s my home. There is no way I would go back to live in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK.” He said he feels Mrs May’s pain over the Brexit “mess”, but would not be against a second referendum. He added: “I think Theresa May is being unfairly blamed for the Brexit mess. 

“The Conservative Government was elected fair and square and after a referendum a majority voted to leave the EU.

“Now if the people are having second thoughts that’s OK and they can have a second referendum but regardless the UK has to make compromises to the EU or the mess will never be resolved. Theresa May is just trying to do the best she can for the UK.”

The F1 legend, who is from Dumbarton, was attending at the Australian Gran Prix.

Sir Jackie led efforts in the 1960s and 1970s for greater safety regulation in Formula One. He now campaigns for a breakthrough for dementia via his Race Against Dementia Campaign in which he has invested £2million.

Sir Jackie began the campaign after his wife Lady Helen was diagnosed with the condition.

He says scientific innovation could lead to a breakthrough in the same way that Formula One technology evolved so quickly.

Two years ago, he said: “My logic is based on something John Lennon said — ‘There are no problems, only solutions’. My mission is to find a solution.”

The couple’s main home is on the shores of Lake Geneva. They also have an estate in Buckinghamshire.

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