Andrew Neil says BBC still waiting on Boris Johnson to agree to interview but so far ‘not a sausage’

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Broadcaster Andrew Neil says the BBC is no further down the line in pinning down Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an interview.

Johnson has received criticism for failing to set a date to appear on The Andrew Neil Interviews where the veteran journalist robustly questions party leaders ahead of the General Election on December 12.

So far Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon have been grilled by the former This Week presenter but there are still no signs of the Prime Minister taking up the mantle.

Writing on Twitter, Neil said: “There are not really any negotiations going on. We’re simply waiting on a date, time and venue. As we have for several weeks.

“So far – not a sausage.”


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The broadcaster also posted a Buzzfeed article which says Johnson will reportedly face Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning before the General Election, but that date has yet to be set.

In a bid to pressurise the PM into relenting to the interview, the BBC said he would not be allowed on The Andrew Marr Show or other politics programmes until he had set a date for the Neil interview, but they relented following Friday’s London Bridge terror attack.

During the interview with Marr, Johnson said he was “perfectly happy to be interviewed by any interviewer called Andrew from the BBC”.

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that Johnson had broken an “explicit agreement” with the BBC due to fears of facing aggressive questioning by Neil.

He said: “I agreed to take part in one-to-one debates with the Prime Minister.

“We also agreed, as part of that package, that all party leaders would be subject to an interview with Andrew Neil.

“I had my interview with Andrew Neil, the other party leaders have had some of their interviews, but the Prime Minister decided not to do so.”

The Conservatives have been asked to comment.



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