BBC Question Time CLASH: Brexit Party MEP Phillips to LOCK HORNS with PM wannabe Stewart
Ms Philips, who was last week elected to serve Britain’s south east in the European elections, will make her much-anticipated debut tonight as the Brexit Party’s first MEP after Mr Farage to appear on the BBC’s Question Time. Perhaps predictably she will join a panel of Remainers, with one vowing to succeed Mrs May and continue her work to push for a deal with the EU: Rory Stewart, Conservative Party International Development Secretary. With one elected to push Britain out Brussels without a deal and the other vowing to fight tooth and nail for an agreement, the atmosphere in the BBC studio this evening is set to be tense.
Mr Stewart said this afternoon: “You cannot get a No Deal Brexit through Parliament. No Deal Brexit is just a recipe for more uncertainty and delay.”
Mrs May’s deal infamously chained the UK to the EU customs union, single market and failed to provide assurances on the Irish backstop.
Just yesterday, Ms Phillips gave her view on the Northern Ireland backstop issue, which has plagued Brexit negotiations between the UK and Brussels since the EU referendum result announced three years ago next month.
She said: “The backstop was a cynical construction to stoke up the threat of old tensions to either annexe part of our United Kingdom or bind us to a Customs Union so we can’t thrive with independent trade.
“And people still think they’re benign and benevolent?”
Ms Phillips previously worked as UKIP’s head of media and was a prominent Brexit campaigner.
She is an elected Member of the European Parliament having won her seat in last week’s elections that saw the Brexit Party scoop 28 seats.
The party also won 3.8 percent of the votes, with the Lib Dems coming second with 19.8 percent and Labour with 13.7 percent.
The Tory Party suffered a humiliating defeat with just 8.9 percent of the votes.
New MEP Ms Phillips will sit on the panel after the show repeatedly snubbed Mr Farage’s party in the lead up to the European elections.
Other guests joining host Fiona Bruce, Ms Phillips and Mr Stewart include Labour’s shadow trade minister Barry Gardiner, Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson and psychologist Steven Pinker.
Ms Phillips, 35, once described becoming “captivated” by Mr Farage after making a film about UKIP as a student journalist. She joined the Conservative Party after Theresa May became leader, but left over Mrs May’s failure to deliver Brexit.
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