More than seven million people in the UK tuned in to watch James Newman score nil points in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Brexiteers in the UK blamed the disappointing loss on the EU’s willingness to punish Britain for Brexit.
Europeans quickly took to Twitter to mock Britain with many saying the nil points are the “same amount of benefits” of Brexit.
One person said: “The UK got ZERO points from the WHOLE of Europe and Australia, which is exactly the same amount of benefits as Brexit… Nil point!”
Another Twitter user said Brexit was “striking” the UK “hard”.
Others mocked Britain’s decision to leave the EU, with one person saying: “Sorry UK, we would have given you points.
Piers Morgan tweeted: “The UK didn’t get ‘nul points’ in the Eurovision Song Contest because of some sinister revenge for Brexit.
“We got ‘nul points’ because we had a crap song, performed by a crap singer who gave a crap performance. End.”
Another person hit back: “Why are remoaners pretending the UK doing badly in Eurovision is a result of Brexit.
“Imagine your only defensive of why the UK should have stayed in the EU is over a song contest. Laughable.”
Someone else mocked how the UK “famously did very well in Eurovision before Brexit”.
Another Twitter user added: “It’s got nothing to do with Brexit.
“It has everything to do with the UK’s musical heritage and the fact that we don’t seem to try hard enough. That’s it!”
The competition, which was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after the show was cancelled in 2020, was won by Italy with rock band Maneskin’s Zitti E Buoni.
Some 7.4 million people tuned in to watch the competition on BBC One, giving the channel a 48.5 percent share of the audience.
It was the biggest overnight audience for a Eurovision final since 2014.
The UK is no stranger to the bottom of the Eurovision leaderboard and came in last place in 2019 with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us.