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ESC Reporter | March 24, 2017

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Brexit: UK can still take part in Eurovision 2017

Brexit: UK can still take part in Eurovision 2017
Alvaro Sanabria

On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union with many fans wondering if the UK can still compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The answer is YES.

 

Non-political 

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is a non-political organization, separate from the European Union. This explains why countries not related to the European Union, such as Israel, Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia, or even the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Ukraine, can take part in the contest every year.  

 

Still invited

Earlier during the Brexit campaign, a former UK prime minister referred to the issue answering a question about the consequences of the Brexit. He said: “Not only would that be incredibly sad (getting out of Eurovision), but given that Israel and Azerbaijan and anyone anywhere near Europe seems to be able to enter – and Australia – then I think we’re pretty safe from that one.” Nevertheless, the fans were concerned about the future of the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.  

The good news is that in spite of the political and economic issues that UK is now facing because of the Brexit, they will still be invited to join the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine. 

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