Saturday, 13 May 2017

Brexit Bang-a-Bang

The burning question on the lips of BBC Breakfast presenters this morning has been, "From horse heads to monkeys, it can only be Eurovision. But will the UK feel the Brexit backlash?"...

...just as it was the question on BBC One's News at One yesterday: "And it's the first Eurovision Song Contest since the EU referendum tomorrow. Will Brexit scupper Britain's chances?"

Yesterday morning's BBC Breakfast also discussed the "speculation that Brexit could affect the UK's chances of winning" and asked, "Will Brexit mean that [the UK] meets its Waterloo?". 

And on Thursday's BBC One News at Six, it was headline news: "You guessed it, it's Eurovision time again - but could Brexit bad blood mean nil points for our Lucie Jones?"

Now, the obvious answer to this question (unless you're doom-mongering about Brexit) is that we've been near to the bottom of the final rankings for most of the past decade or so, and we can't do any worse than we did in 2010 when we came last. 

2016 24/26
2015 24/27
2014 17/26
2013 19/26
2012 25/26
2011 11/25
2010 25/25
2009 5/25
2008 23/25
2007 22/24
2006 22/24

Maybe, post-Brexit, we'll see the UK regaining our pre-1973 heights when we won twice, came second eight times, and only fell out of the Top 4 twice - and never came anywhere near the bottom.

Update: Tonight's PM on Radio 4, introduction: "Meanwhile in Kiev, worries that Brexit will be sending the UK entry home with nul points again."


  1. You do realise that the payback will be them all giving us full marks so that we win and have to spend millions hosting it next year :)

  2. If UK wins then of course it will be reported as "despite Brexit" ...

    I switched on R4 PM yesterday randomly to hear a "reporter" asking this question "so as a farmer voting for Brexit you're like a turkey voting for Xmas?".
    Switched-off ... I'm listening to other sources more and more "because of Brexit".

  3. I think the UK victory at Eurovision twenty years ago was certainly a reward for us electing the rabidly pro-EU labour government, especially since the song was crap.

    The British entry is now an irrelevance in the strange world of continental non-English speaking popular politics.
    The best we can hope for is a mid-table finish but no where near the danger of having to host the nonsense.