Fiona Bruce will host a panel of six people this evening, but the BBC has been bombarded on Twitter with accusations for bias, as just one panelist is a Brexiteer. Just the DUP’s Jeffery Donaldson voted Leave in the 2016 referendum. The other five panellists all voted Remain, sparking backlash on social media.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Ah another balanced panel. Not.
“The BBC producers and editors continue to troll the country.”
Someone else wrote: “Ewwww. Not many Leavers there, hardly one…”
Sarcastically denouncing the panel, a third person said: “Another Remain party political broadcast coming up.”
BBC Question Time returns this evening as host Fiona Bruce quizzes MPs live in Norwich
The BBC has repeatedly come under fire for its bias against Brexit
The BBC has repeatedly come under fire for its bias against Brexit, for airing programmes criticising the Brexit debate and the 2016 referendum.
But despite the allegations, the media organisation has maintained that it upholds a balanced approach to its reporting.
As stated in the company’s editorial guidelines, the BBC has insisted that it maintain a “committed to achieving due impartiality in all its output.”
Boris Johnson is likely to come under intense criticism from all sides tonight, with even the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson likely launch a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, tearing apart Mr Johnson’s proposed all-Ireland Brexit backstop plan.
The BBC has maintained that it upholds a balanced approach to its reporting
Mr Johnson was believed to be considering tweaking the controversial Irish backstop to apply only to Northern Ireland, something the DUP strongly opposes.
DUP leader Arlene Foster condemned the move as “undemocratic and unconstitutional” as it would leave Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK operating under different rules.
The new version, said to have Brussels’ approval, would require a border in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and would see intrusive checks on goods travelling between the two.
Ms Foster said of the plans: “History teaches us that any deal relating to Northern Ireland which cannot command cross community support is doomed to failure.
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The BBC has been bombarded on Twitter with accusations for bias
Just the DUP’s Jeffery Donaldson voted Leave in the 2016 referendum.
“That is why the Northern Ireland backstop is flawed.”
She continued: “It is undemocratic and unconstitutional and would place a tariff border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. That would be unacceptable.”
According to the DUP leader, Mr Johnson ruled out the all-Ireland plan on Tuesday night.
She said: “The Prime Minister confirmed his rejection of the Northern Ireland only backstop and his commitment to securing a deal which worked for the entire United Kingdom as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.”
The results of the 2016 EU referendum
But Mr Johnson could go against this, as the Tories no longer rely on DUP support for a working majority following the expulsion of 21 MPs and the defection of two others last week.
As a result, Mr Donaldson could get into a heated discussion about the Irish backstop on Question Time this evening.
Other panelists include Tory security minister Brandon Lewis, who could clash with the DUP chief whip in defence of the Prime Minister and Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey.
Both MPs campaigned for Remain during the 2016 referendum.
THe DUP is opposed to Boris Johnson’s all-Ireland plan
Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU law at Cambridge University, will also appear on the panel.
She has previously criticised the Brexit Party for describing a no deal Brexit as a “clean Brexit”.
The Professor has said no deal ideology is “fatally flawed” and has warned of the consequences of leaving without a deal.
The final panellist is broadcaster Afua Hirsch, who has worked for Sky and the Guardian.
BBC Question Time will air on BBC One at 10.30pm this evening.