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TCW’s Brexit Roll of Honour: The principled Piers Morgan


WHENEVER the name Piers Morgan is inscribed upon a wall, it is likely to be lavatorial graffiti. One hesitates, therefore, to suggest that this provocateur and pantomime villain should be added to TCW’s Brexit Roll of Honour. But credit where it is due: no other Remain-voting broadcaster has so volubly made the principled case for the referendum result to be upheld and implemented, and shown similar desire for leaving the EU to be a success.

Known for his love of Twitter spats, keyboard combatant Piers Morgan has, on Brexit, successfully riled unreconstructed Remainers such as Alastair Campbell.

Morgan’s main platform, though, is breakfast television. As the domineering co-host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Piers has punctured both recreant Remainers and lily-livered Leavers. In the latter category he included the ERG Brexiteers who, at the third time of asking, shamefacedly switched to supporting Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement: ‘I would admire them more if they stuck out for no-deal . . . slithering back to a deal they’ve all roundly condemned looks to me like self-serving cowardice.’

Andrew Pierce of the Mail excused the pragmatism of Jacob Rees-Mogg and others on the basis that our sleekit Speaker ‘will enable a vote to ensure no-deal is taken off the table’. But GMB’s Captain Morgan was having none of it: ‘I would openly defy them to do it. I would come out and say this is not acceptable, this deal is not Brexit, we’re not having a second referendum, we’re not going back in just pretending this didn’t happen. It’s no-deal or we’re not getting involved with it.’

‘Grow a pair and stand up for your principles,’ he last week urged studio guest Nigel Evans and the rest of the ERG. Brexiteers unquestionably had faced a dilemma, and Nigel always comes over as a decent and likeable fellow, but Evans’s ‘hierarchy of choices’ justification did not impress Piers Morgan: ‘Why don’t you all just stand up together and say “We’re not having it” and let the public judge the Remain-dominated parliament if they try and stop Brexit happening? Wouldn’t that be a more principled position than everyone who’s been trashing this deal now, at the last minute, being bullied into surrender?’

Nigel then struggled to keep a straight face when Piers’s pique switched to Tory-turned-TIGger Heidi Allen. Now interim leader of the group which perversely calls itself Change UK despite advocating the status quo, Allen’s assertion that a second referendum is ‘the only way out of this mess’ received short shrift: ‘There is a way out, it’s called no-deal . . . The purest form of Brexit is not Theresa May’s terrible deal . . . I’m a Remainer but I think democracy dictates that we actually enact the will of the people which was to leave, it wasn’t to part-leave . . . the only thing left that is leaving, real leaving, is no-deal, and you clowns in parliament have taken it off the table.’

This Commons of clowns is led by a poltroon premier who, at the time writing, has announced her intention to collude with Corbyn and beg the EU for a further extension. Sadly, Theresa May is unlikely to appear on Good Morning Britain and allow Piers Morgan to have her for breakfast.

So let me get this straight…. Theresa May just ceded control of Brexit to Jeremy Corbyn & the EU – and she’s STILL Prime Minister?

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Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver
Gary Oliver is an accountant who lives in East Lothian.

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