Boris Johnson tries to muscle in on Theresa May’s TV debate
Are there any politicians who don’t want to be involved?
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have agreed to take part in a live TV debate on Brexit before MPs vote on the deal.
The debate is pencilled into take place on Sunday December 9 – ahead of the crunch Commons vote to get the deal through Parliament, on December 1.
But to complicate matters the SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens have demanded to be involved to ensure a range of views is reflected. Tom Baldwin, the director of communications for the People’s Vote campaign, has also written to the BBC to claim it would breach impartiality rules for the broadcaster to exclude someone who wanted a second referendum from any debate. Some Remainers have suggested that Tony Blair should be the person pushing the case for a second referendum.
And Boris Johnson has waded into the row, demanding that any live TV debate must include someone who “believes in Brexit”.
A friend of Johnson said the former foreign secretary was not putting himself forward for the job and would prefer former Labour MP Gisela Stuart represented the Brexiteers. But Johnson has not ruled out taking part in any debate with May and Corbyn.
If Johnson does end up in the debate then then perhaps Amber Rudd should also be there to issue a withering put-down of the chief Brexiteer…