How can any serious Brexit debate feature just politicians who campaigned for Remain? That’s the serious question now on the table as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn seek to go ahead with a one-on-one stitch-up.
Senior Brexiteers including former Brexit Secretaries David Davis and Dominic Raab have written to the BBC warning that excluding a Brexiteer voice risked breaching impartiality guidelines.
The letter seen by The Sun, has also signed by the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg, John Whittingdale, Owen Paterson, Boris Johnson and Iain Duncan Smith. It takes issue with how Leavers “will be nowhere represented in this prime time debate” under the current proposed format.
And they set out how when it comes to May and Corbyn: “Both the Prime Minister and the Labour Leader voted to Remain in the EU.
“They are both wedded to slightly different models of staying in the Customs Union.
“They have both abandoned any real prospect of regulatory divergence from much of the Single Market.
“In both cases they are dismissing the strongly held views of a substantial number of MPs in their own parties who believe that they are therefore supporting a humiliating pseudo-Brexit that will leave Britain as a captive state of the EU, but with no say in Brussels, an outcome that amounts to the worst of both worlds.”
Boris Johnson has previously set out how: “There is no point having a debate with two people who voted Remain & deals that don’t take back control.
“Any debate must involve someone who believes in Brexit & the British people being fully in control of their laws, rather than giving back control to the EU like the PM’s deal.”
And a Sky News poll found that 63% of the British public want a debate to include a pro-No Deal panellist.
A Brexit debate without a Brexiteer on stage would be farcical.