Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

Self-styled Remoaner BBC satirist Ian Hislop faces backlash as anti-EU rant resurfaces


A Have I Got News for You clip from 2003 featuring comedian Ian Hislop has resurfaced as it shows the Remainer breaking into an anti-EU rant. In the clip Mr Hislop reflects on the then European Constitution being proposed by the “European Convention” working group. He also takes aim at Tony Blair for his refusal to allow a referendum on the issue.

Mr Hislop has made no secret of his opposition to Brexit, describing himself as “Remoaner” last year. Asked on The Andrew Marr Show whether he was a “Remoaner”, the ‘Have I Got News for You’ team captain replied “yes”.

But in the newly-resurfaced clip, the comedian appeared to reveal his contempt for the bloc.

He said: “It is an idea put forward by the French about how they should run Europe. It is put forward by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing who in this country would be in jail.

“It is the equivalent of having Jeffery Archer decide the future of the continent. He got involved in a scandal of taking diamonds from emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa.

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A video of Ian Hislop’s enraged anti-EU rant has resurfaced (Image: HIGNFY )

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Ian Hislop’s views on Europe has drastically changed following his anti-EU rant as he considers himself a “Remoaner” (Image: HIGNFY)

“Bokassa, that charming humanitarian who had a fridge full of human body parts.

“He was one of those really charming French leaders that they turn up over time really.

“The idea of being told about a constitution of Europe by d’Estaing is absolutely ludicrous.

“Sorry I do sound a bit like the Daily Mail but occasionally they are right.

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Ian Hislop took aim at Tony Blair for his reluctant use of referendums on important issues (Image: Getty)

“We were meant to have a referendum on this but Tony Blair doesn’t want a referendum.

“It is for a perfectly good reason, he would lose, so we are not having one.

“We have a referendum on whether there are local council elections, whether you want a monkey in Hartley-Poole, really important issues.

“But on the fact of whether you want to be ruled by a group of people in Brussels, it is not important.”

“Sorry about that but it is sort of irritating really.”

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Ian Hislop mocked Valéry Giscard d’Estaing for his diamond scandal during his Eurosceptic rant (Image: Getty)

A tweet from prominent Brexiteer Darren Grimes highlighted the clip, in which the popular campaigner said: “Ian Hislop used to make the case for Brexit better than I ever could. Now he and Private Eye are puppets for the Remain establishment and attack a 20-something over the biased Electoral Commission. How sad!”

Responding to Mr Grimes’ message, one Twitter user said: “It is a shame. A magazine that used to be anti-establishment now peddles corporatist group.”

Someone else wrote: “Stopped subscription about five years ago. Stopped watching hignfy about three years ago. Arrogant.”

Unamused, another person said: “Hear hear! Cannot abide Ian Hyslop with his smug, self-righteous leftist view. Nothing left of the original Private Eye.”

The latest revelation comes in stark contrast to Mr Hislop’s comments regarding Brexit and the current political climate as he dubbed himself a “Remoaner” on the Andrew Marr show in 2017.

He defended his stance by saying: “Democracy works by people continuing to argue about the issues involved.

“And when someone wins an election the opposition doesn’t say that is it, thank you we are going home for the next five years.

“You continue with the argument because it is in everybody’s interests to present those points of view.”



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