BBC1 misses Theresa May’s statement because of Southampton v Derby

BBC1 misses Theresa May’s keynote statement because the Beeb’s flagship channel was too busy showing FA Cup replay between Southampton and Derby

  • Nail-biter meant live coverage of Prime Minister’s statement was shifted to BBC2
  • The decision provided plenty of opportunities for jokes among UK Twitter users 
  • One on them quipped: ‘Great idea get Brexit sorted while Lineker is distracted’

BBC1 missed Theresa May’s keynote statement tonight after the FA Cup relay between Southampton and Derby went into extra time.

The nail-biter meant live coverage of the Prime Minister’s statement was shifted from the corporation’s flagship channel onto BBC2, providing plenty of opportunities for gags from Twitter users.

‘Great idea get Brexit sorted while Lineker is distracted,’ quipped Jack Murray, while others went for the more predictable, ‘At least we’ll know the game will get us a result’.

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The nail-biter meant live coverage of the Prime Minister’s statement was shifted from the corporation’s flagship channel onto BBC2, providing plenty of opportunities for gags from Twitter users

The Prime Minister used the address from outside Number 10 to urge MPs to put aside their self-interest to find a way forward on Brexit and hit out at Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to meet her.

It appeared few Twitter users lamented its absence from BBC1 though, with one user writing: ‘How fitting that Theresa May’s inevitably predictable speech about nothing much in particular or anything particularly new has been bumped off by the football.’


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Connor Staitey wrote: ‘Listen to Theresa May speech or watch 2nd half of extra time in a good tie ……. tough one I think I’ll watch the football @BBCSport.’

Others cited the incident as an example of good old-fashioned British eccentricity.

One said: ‘For those outside the UK: Theresa May is about to give a speech. It was planned to be aired on BBC One, but it’s had to be moved to BBC Two because a football match went into extra time.’

Many people on Twitter cited the incident as an example of good old-fashioned British eccentricity

Scott Bryan wrote: ‘Theresa May is doing the speech at 10pm hoping it will be on News at Ten but it will be on BBC Two due to football BREXIT NEVER CEASES TO SURPRISE.’

And Jay Denney added: ‘Eccentricity and idiosyncrasy are core parts of our national skill set.’

Southampton v Derby ended in a 2-2 draw before Derby won on penalties.

Jonathan Wren thought there was a lesson in that, joking: ‘Perhaps Brexit could be resolved by a Leave/Remain penalty shoot out?’ 

Southampton v Derby (pictured) ended in a 2-2 draw before Derby won on penalties

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