Let there be no doubt: The United Kingdom will still participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, even if the UK votes in favour of Brexit, which would see the country quit the EU.
Speaking to the House of Commons about the imminent EU referendum on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron made it clear that the Land of Engelbert will remain in the contest regardless of the outcome.
Asked about the most ridiculous arguments against leaving the Brussels-based union, he cited the theory that the UK could not participate in Eurovision.
‘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.’
His comments are beyond obvious to most Eurovision fans, who understand that participation hinges on membership to the European Broadcasting Union — not the European Union.
But the fact the issue was raised has already led to coverage in the Independent and the Daily Mail, among other publications.
Back in June a social media storm erupted over whether Brexit would impact participation.
At that time, OGAE UK fan club president Alasdair Rendall explained, in very simple terms, that there is nothing to worry about.
“No, we would not be barred. All participating countries must be a member of the European Broadcasting Union.”
‘The EBU — which is totally independent of the EU — includes countries both inside and outside of the EU, and also includes countries such as Israel that are outside of Europe.”
“Indeed the UK started participating in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, 16 years before joining the then EEC.”