Theresa May has a depressing prediction for Brexit Britain at Eurovision in Ukraine
British Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken out about the UK’s Eurovision chances post Brexit.
The Prime Minister was appearing on dinnertime talk show The One Show with her husband, Philip May.
Asked by co-hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones what she thinks to. the UK’s chances of a win after the Brexit vote, the PM was damning.
While she argued we shouldn’t leave Eurovision – which most Brexit backers think we should – May wasn’t very confident of a victory.
“I’m tempted to say in current circumstances I’m not sure how many votes we’ll get,” she joked to the hosts.
The UK will this year be represented by former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones with ‘I Will Never Give Up On You’, which has an emotionally charged double-meaning for many as the UK begins the process of leaving the European Union.
The bookies don’t fancy her chances of a win, though, with BetFair giving the UK 50/1 odds of victory on Saturday night.
Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “The special pre-Brexit Eurovision betting market is attracting substantial international interest and some significant bets.
“This year’s Eurovision will be a barometer which gauges the level of animosity that the big three continental nations feel towards the UK and while Germany are favourites at 5/4 to award zip to the UK, the betting suggests that France and Italy may be a little more generous in their allocation of points.”
“While Brexit might mean that the other European countries have a bit of ill-feeling towards us, the Irish are usually good for a few votes for the UK – so while Lucie is a 50/1 outsider for the Eurovision crown, we have her at 16/1 for Nul Points overall as we still expect her to pick up some votes.”
The research, carried out by OnePoll, was commissioned by betting company Ladbrokes ahead of the camp music contest which kicks off next week.
The OnePoll research found that 53.6 percent of Brits want the UK to withdraw from the contest, while 46.4 percent want to remain.
The results of the poll are strikingly similar to the result of last year’s EU referendum, when 51.89 percent of voters favoured Leave, compared to 48.11 for Remain.
Of those who want a Brexit from Eurovision, 63 percent say the contest is a “big waste of money” – while 26 percent say it’s a “national embarrassment”.
Leave supporters also cited the UK’s run of poor finishes in Eurovision over the past decade, with the UK cracking the top 10 just once in the past 15 years.
Two-thirds of respondents believe the UK will never win Eurovision again, while 52 percent of older voters believe the UK will get fewer voters because of Brexit.
One country that has made an exit from this year’s Eurovision is Russia, after a dispute with the contest’s Ukrainian hosts.
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will air on BBC One on Saturday, May 13, at 7 PM.