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The United Kingdom was scheduled to leave the European Union last weekend, but the political drama that has unfolded for over 2 years has left many people frustrated both sides of the channel. It is inevitable that during the next millennium, political historians will review and rebuff the situation as a ‘how not to do things’, comparing the turbulence to whatever else happens in the world on a monumental scale. This documentary reviews the whole Brexit process through the eyes of the BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, she offers a fresh, detailed and unparalleled access to information. It’s not just a Brexit programme, it is the Brexit programme to watch.
Starting in July 2018 at Chequers, the documentary follows the BBC’s political editor as she attempts to stay ahead of, or at least keep pace with the dynamic and fluid nature of the story. There is a fair bit of running, fascinating and revealing insights, the realisation of how much pressure political interviewing entails as well as a intimate tete-a-tete with Boris Johnson. She also reveals how difficult it can be to interview Theresa May – as she sits down to interview the PM she reveals “She is going to hate it, I am not going to enjoy it – it’s going to be painful all round” – some will argue this was quite prophetic.
The cameras follow the PM as she tries, and to date fails miserably, to get her Brexit deal through parliament. The documentary shows the whole process, all the way back to the start of the doomed ‘Chequers Plan’ through resignations, backbench plots and historic defeats, as well as the campaign for a second referendum which has reached over 6 million votes.
It’s not just the PM and Kuenssberg that are followed by the cameras – a whole host of other MPs are out under the spotlight and their actions caught on tape. An interesting an in depth review of the Brexit shambles.
Kuenssberg is perfectly placed to present the documentary – appointed as the BBC’s first politics editor in 2015 she has shook up the political reporting on national TV. She has taken on the fierce Jeremy Corbyn support, resulting in the need for a bodyguard as well as rubbing up both Theresa May and Donald Trump up the wrong way in the same interview.
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