During last night’s News at Six, a video of planes flying over Biggin Hill airbase was shown as newsreader Sophie Raworth recapped the story. The segment was originally intended to show footage of the Prime Minister herself to finish the programme instead of the planes. As Ms Raworth said: “Theresa May says she intends to go back to Brussels to negotiate her Brexit deal but EU leaders say the deal is done and they will not reopen talks.”
Instead of showing the Prime Minister, the clip appeared to suggest Mrs May would be travelling to Brussels within a fleet of RAF planes.
Best known for its role in the Battle of Britain, Biggin Hill served as one of the vital command bases for the Hurricanes and Spitfires of RAF Fighter Command protecting the south-east.
Following the mistake, BBC News at Six and 10 editor, Paul Royall, took to Twitter to respond to accusations that it was deliberate.
He said: “For those wondering – simple human error at end of BBC News at Six.
“A production mistake meant pictures used earlier to tease a story about Biggin Hill ended up in our top story recap at the close of the show.
“If and when it happens, it’s pretty certain that the Prime Minister is not travelling to Brussels like this.”
After Parliament voted in favour for Sir Graham Brady’s amendment to remove the Irish backstop, Mrs May will return to Brussels in the hope of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement.
The Commons also voted to back the removal of a no-deal Brexit but despite that good news for the Prime Minister, the EU has remained firm it will open negotiations again.
The EU Council President, Donald Tusk has already insisted there will be no more renegotiations and that the backstop will remain in the Withdrawal Agreement.
He said: “The Withdrawal Agreement is and remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
“The backstop is part of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for re-negotiation.”
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier also insisted the backstop “is part and parcel” of the UK’s Brexit deal and that it was a “realistic solution” to preventing a hard border.
Published at Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:27:00 +0000