Will the UK still be able to compete in the Eurovision after Brexit? – Manchester Evening News

Not a fan of the Eurovision and hoping that Brexit might mean the end of the UK’s participation and as a result the BBC won’t broadcast it anymore?

Well, bad news.

Expect another 40 year of misery, unless Donald Trump’s nuclear war ends us all first. The Eurovision is going nowhere.

While the UK might have left the European Union, we haven’t separated ourselves from the annual singing contest which we are so bad at we may as well host a separate referendum about whether we should just call it a day.

In fact, this was such a pressing issue that the European Broadcasting Union which organises the event issued a statement to say that we wouldn’t be getting off that easy:

‘The BBC is a Member of the European Broadcasting Union and is, and will remain, eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held in Kiev.

‘Just like many broadcasters from countries that are not a member of the European Union.

‘The BBC and the UK have a long relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest. The BBC, representing the UK, will therefore remain a welcome participant in the Contest next year and going forward.’

Realistically, it was never in doubt. If Israel and even Australia can compete, the UK just leaving the EU was never going to hold us back from delivering forgettable pop number after forgettable pop number year-on-year.

Will the UK still be able to compete in the Eurovision after Brexit? – Manchester Evening News

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