Brexit: David Cameron addresses the important EU question at PMQs - Would leaving disqualify us from Eurovision?

'I think given that Israel and Azerbaijan and anyone anywhere near Europe seems to be able to...'

Christopher Hooton@christophhooton
Wednesday 20 April 2016 14:46
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Economical and political repercussions aside, a pop cultural question hangs over the Brexit debate - will we still be allowed to enter Eurovision if we leave the EU?

During Prime Minister’s Questions today, Cameron was asked what the worst argument was that he had heard in the EU debate so far.

Reassuring/disappointing (depending on your point of view) citizens, he replied: “I think probably the one that we'd get out of the Eurovision Song Contest – I think that would not only be very sad but I think given that Israel and Azerbaijan and anyone anywhere near Europe seems to be able to – [even] Australia – I think we're pretty safe from that one.’”

While the issue genuinely troubled some die hard Eurovision fans, it was never really in question, given that all participating countries only need be a member of the European Broadcasting Union.

This year’s Eurovision takes place in Stockholm, Sweden on 14 May, with the prosaically named Joe and Jake (above) being the UK entrant.

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