Published On: Sat, Aug 17th, 2019

Gary Lineker offers to stand as interim Prime Minister to stop ‘crooked’ Brexit | Politics | News

The former England captain is the latest in an increasingly unlikely list of would-be Prime Ministers offering their services to the ‘Government of national unity’ being cooked-up by a string of Brexit-bashing MPs across all parties. Lineker’s offer came in a tweet – designed as a joke but very revealing as to the well-paid public servant’s stance alongside the MP’s desperately trying to over-turn the result of the 2016 Brexit election.

He Tweeted: “As your new PM @10DowningStreet I shall revoke article 50 and stop Brexit (it was crooked, built on lies and only an advisory referendum anyway). The billions saved will go to the NHS and Education. Thank you for your confidence.” 

His comments were made in light of a social media Twitter poll which showed online support for the BBC presenter to take the reigns of Government. 

The former striker saw off a list of experienced politicians in a series of polls, before defeating Tory veteran Ken Clarke in the final. 

Other competitors included Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, but the footballer topped the poll. 

A total of 70 percent of those who voted backed the TV pundit to take over as caretaker Prime Minister in the final. 

The surprise survey comes in the wake of a real life attempted coup to unseat Boris Johnson’s government and stop a no deal exit from the EU. 

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed Labour will table a no confidence motion as soon as the party believes they can win one. 

The party leader has begged MPs to back his plans to lead the alternative Government to extend article 50 and call a general election. 

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While he has also said: “I am not a politician but I know when something is going wrong and right now Brexit feels like it is going very wrong indeed.” 

But social media users slammed back at the BBC pundit for his comments, with one throwing back a previous comment the footballer made on the same account where he claimed he respected Leave voters opinions. 

Another user added: “Just one sec, Gary. Before you can take office as PM, we should have a confirmatory #PeoplesVote. 

“You know, because if we can ignore the 2016 referendum, we can equally ignore the Twitter ‘vote’.” 

The comments come just months after his BBC colleague Jonathan Agnew criticised the Match of the Day pundit for his political comments. 

The cricket commentator then claimed he would be sacked if he posted political comments on Twitter himself, before making reference to the BBC’s editorial guidelines.

Mr Agnew commented: “Gary. You are the face of BBC Sport. Please observe BBC editorial guidelines and keep your political views, whatever they are and whatever the subject, to yourself.”

But the BBC defended one of their highest paid star’s political involvement. 

A spokesperson said: “Gary is not involved in any news or political output for the BBC and as such any expression of his personal political views does not affect the BBC’s impartiality.”

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