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Brexit dividend? Love Island could be dumped because of it

PUBLISHED: 16:31 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 08 August 2018

Love Island contestants Adam Collard, Hayley Hughes, Jack Fincham, Kendall Rae-Knight, Niall Aslam, Samira Mighty, Dr. Alex George, Dani Dyer, Wes Nelson, Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker.  Photograph: Joel Anderson/ITV.

Love Island contestants Adam Collard, Hayley Hughes, Jack Fincham, Kendall Rae-Knight, Niall Aslam, Samira Mighty, Dr. Alex George, Dani Dyer, Wes Nelson, Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker. Photograph: Joel Anderson/ITV.

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For some it may be one of the few benefits of Brexit, however for millions of young Love Island viewers this could be yet another consequence of a political decision they didn’t back.

An MP has warned that the next series could be cancelled because Brexit will make it harder for contestants to apply and tougher to produce.

Outspoken Labour MP Jess Phillips – a fan of the ITV2 reality programme – believes that the filming location of the show on the Spanish island of Majorica is likely to cause problems.

She explained: “To work in another country will be much more difficult. And Love Island I think would be considered to be work.”

Currently citizens of all EU countries are freely allowed to live and work in fellow European Union countries without having to worry about work permits, but that could all change after Brexit if the UK introduces restrictions on freedom of work and movement.

These restrictions are likely to be replicated by the European Union for UK citizens.

David Lammy quipped: “Can’t wait for Love Island 2019, with bracing scenes live from the Orkney Islands”.

The topic of Brexit cropped up on the television programme several times this year after contestants Georgia Steel and Hayley Hughes admitted they were not clued up on the subject and asked if it meant we would no longer have any trees.

Love Island is one of the most-watched shows for 16-34 year olds, with nearly four million viewers tuning to watch this year’s finale be won by couple Jack Fincham and Dani Dyer – daughter of the new Remain ‘poster boy’, Danny Dyer.

The MP’s suggestion that Brexit could affect the production is likely to leave many young people feeling “mugged off”.

Opinion polls from both Ipsos-Mori and YouGov estimated that between 70% and 75% of under-25s voted Remain in the EU referendum.

The New European has approached ITV for comment.

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