Remainers look to Gary Lineker to turn up the campaign volume
Lineker was the suprise special guest at last night’s rally for a second Brexit referendum.
Five days after his resignation as transport minister, how can Jo Johnson keep his anti-Brexit crusade in the news? The answer, it seems, is to turn to Gary Lineker.
The Match of the Day presenter appeared on stage to noisy applause at the anti-Brexit rally co-organised by the People’s Vote and Best for Britain groups. He then teed up an interview with Johnson by comparing the Tory MP's Brexit journey to his own..
"Originally he was a remainer. Like me, he was disappointed by the result of the referendum. Like me, he thought ‘well that’s it, we’ve got to accept it, we’ve got to try and get the best out of it’.
"And then, like me, as time passed by he started to realise that this really is an incredibly damaging thing for our country."
Once Johnson had joined him on stage, Lineker began the interview in customary cheeky-chappy fashion: “First and foremost, Jo, what did you think of Manchester United’s formation?”
To which the quick-witted Tory MP had a sharp response: “The blues won Gary, that’s the main thing.” Johnson then used to interview set out his “very serious concerns about whether we were going to be able to make a success of Brexit.”
The stunt ensured that the lively rally made both the BBC and ITV 10 o’ clock news bulletins.
Also on the bill were top Tory Remainer Justine Greening, Green party MP Caroline Lucas and rising Lib Dem star Layla Moran, who took the opportunity to grab a behind-the-scenes selfie. Almost as if the Lib Dem MP is looking for a popular and inspirational Remain-supporting leader to get behind…
However if Moran and others are hoping that Lineker might put presenting on the backburner so he can step up to lead their crusade, they could be in for a disappointment.
“I’m only doing this cos I’m after Dimbleby’s job,” he joshed at one point in proceedings.