The Paris-based L’Institute de Eurovision Song - the pan-European body governing the continent’s pop output - warned leaving the EU could mean Great Britain’s glorious Eurovision history might come to an end. Britain’s Eurovision efforts have long been enjoyed across the continent and the nations has likewise enjoyed scrupulously fair adjudication at the hands of the Eurovision judges. Vaya Mentira, chief executive of Lies, said: “It has with a heavy heart that we have decided Britain should no longer compete in Eurovision.
“It wouldn’t be fair on the other countries that Britain is still able to compete despite leaving the EU.”
The decision quickly prompted angry music fans across the UK to set up a campaign group, Save Eurovision, which has already racked up 12,000 followers on Twitter.
The campaign group tweeted: “We are absolutely furious at the decision to #BlockEurovisionAfterBrexit and we will do all we can to #SaveEurovision. Pls join us in our fight!”
Ms Mentira said she would enter discussions with Save Eurovision bosses, but the steering group’s decision was final.
The UK has a chequered history in the Eurovision.
They won the competition on five occasions, most recently in 1997.
Surie, who ranked in 24th place, represented the UK in 2018 (Image: Pedro Fiúza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
However the years