In an exclusive interview with Southend News Network, popular ITV light entertainment duo Ant & Dec have admitted that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union has left the pair feeling ‘terrified’ about being sent back to their native Lithuania. A massive social media campaign has already started to show support for the pair, but there are already concerns that the referendum will change the face of UK television forever.

Ant Mcpartlin, who spent the early part of his life and career entertaining children on a small cable network in his hometown of Vilnius, said: ‘Although there will always be a place in my heart for my beloved Lithuania, the people of Newcastle took me in as one of their own when I came over to the UK, and I will be eternally grateful for this – I’ve always been thankful that the Vilniusian regional accent is virtually identical to Geordie. However, the situation after the referendum is changing constantly, and I don’t want to go over to Australia and film ‘I’m A Celebrity’ if there is a risk that I won’t be allowed back in afterwards.’

His on-screen partner Declan Donnelly added: ‘We were only talent spotted for Byker Grove after appearing in 794 episodes of Dog and Potato – this used to be Lithuania’s most highly-watched soap opera, and it never recovered once we left for Britain. I am delighted that we are still so popular at home, and it’s comforting to know that we have options no matter what the future may hold.’