The People’s Vote campaign is unveiling a spoof video, fronted by former BBC journalist Gavin Esler, of a news programme a the day in the near future when Boris Johnson might become Prime Minister.
The video, set in an imagined future after Theresa May forces her Brexit deal over the line, shows Johnson seizing power and declaring he would rip up any assurances his predecessor had made to win support for her deal in Parliament.
Labour MPs who backed the deal because they believed promises on issues like workers’ rights, are depicted as hurrying away from cameras amid warnings of deselections and the prospect of the party losing millions of votes.
The video, which will appear across a range of social media platforms over the coming days, is part of a concerted effort by the People’s Vote campaign ahead of key votes next week when the Prime MInister is expected to target a handful of rebel Labour MPs, who have said they are tempted to back the deal.
The People's Vote campaign will remind MPs that any agreement made for a softer Brexit deal or a different political declaration will be worthless if the government of the day changes its mind. Johnson himself said this week any Brexit deal featuring such an arrangement would “not last”.
“Whether we sign a customs union or whether we don’t, no nation is obliged to remain in an arrangement that doesn’t suit it….There’s nothing to stop us removing ourselves from that arrangement. So we can’t look at these things as permanent strait-jackets upon this country.”