Who's on Question Time tonight?
PUBLISHED: 12:58 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:58 12 April 2018
Who is on Question Time tonight and where do they stand on Brexit? Here's your guide...
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The BBC's flagship current affairs programme returns tonight from the Black-E cultural hub in Liverpool. But who's on the panel - and where do they stand on Brexit? Here's who you can expect...
Who? Minister of state for transport and minister for London
Where is he on Brexit? Brother of Boris and Rachel and son of Stanley, Jo is on the less attention-seeking end of the Johnson clan spectrum. On Brexit, though, he was firmly aligned with dad and sis rather than big brother Boris ("families are divided, brother against brother," he said during the campaign). Described leaving the EU as Britain "shooting itself in the foot" and suggested after the referendum that uneducated people had voted to leave. Shifted inexplicably in Theresa May's January reshuffle from universities and science - which he knew a bit about - to transport - which he didn't - he is another of May's well-regarded young ministers straining every sinew to do something they privately think is going to be a disaster.
Who? Investment fund manager
Where is she on Brexit? City high-flyer invariably dubbed 'Superwoman' in the media for balancing her career with bringing up six children, Horlick is a passionate Remainer who has called for both remaining in the single market and a second referendum. Nailed her colours to the Lib Dem mast last year after previously keeping her political views private, saying: "It would be fair to say that most business figures are Conservative. But that Conservative reputation for economic competence now lies in tatters, and I find it hard to understand how anyone who cares about Britain’s economic prosperity could remain a Tory." Ticks Question Time's Lib Dem box for another couple of months.
Who? Shadow international trade secretary
Where is he on Brexit? Proud Blairite turned Brownite turned Milifan to now fully paid-up Corbynista, Gardiner's views on Brexit tend to vary according to whether he knows he's being recorded or not. This week it emerged he had played down the risks of failing to resolve the Irish border issue post-Brexit - calling it a "shibboleth" - and suggested both the Irish government and Sinn Fein were exaggerating them, only to have to apologise. Then it turned out at the same private Brussels meeting he had said one of Labour's six Brexit tests - to leave the single market while retaining all its benefits - "always has been bollocks and it remains it". Retains Corbyn's support as he's publicly ultra-loyal and hates the media. Looks like Timothy Claypole from Rentaghost.
Who? News editor at the free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs
Where is she on Brexit? Previously head of communications at the Adam Smith Institute and staffer on Mitt Romney's unsuccessful presidential campaign, Andrews is a Brexit cheerleader on the Liam Fox swashbucklin' Global Britain wing. Told the Question Time audience on a previous appearance last December that Britain would be "richer if you use the process of Brexit to be optimistic and to try and pursue the best deals possible" - the sort of analysis which earns one the think tank big bucks. Has suggested that the no-deal Hard Brexit favoured by some on the Tory right wouldn't be a disaster, saying: "I don’t think that a bare-bones Brexit would be the end of the world."
Who? Journalist, author and Guardian columnist
Where is he on Brexit? Strong Remainer who has suggested that "the UK government’s negotiating tactic is to drive our fellow Europeans mad". Has written on the Brexit process: "Britain makes its most disastrous mistakes when its two main parties agree with each other. So it has proved in the past – and so it is proving now." A respected writer and broadcaster with a liberal bent who has won the Orwell special prize for journalism, Freedland also writes best-selling thriller novels under the nom de plume Sam Bourne. Hated by Corbynistas. Jewish. Coincidence, most probably.
Question Time is on BBC One at 10.45pm tonight.
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