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Strictly Come Dancing will continue as normal this weekend despite the departure of Robert Webb and Dianna Buswell. Peep Show star Mr Webb, who underwent open heart surgery two years ago, has stepped down after seeing his cardiologist. Week four begins Saturday night and the BBC confirmed on Wednesday that another contestant will still be leaving the show. Strictly is still going strong in its 19th series, with over eight million viewers to watch the mid-September launch episode.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, who appeared on the show in the 2010 Christmas edition, has been criticized for his fears about the show’s future after Brexit.
Sir Vince, a stalwart remaining, served as party leader from 2017 to 2019, leading to their best election performance since the 2010 election.
Speaking to The Telegraph in 2018, he said he feared post-Brexit immigration rules could see the show lose many of its professional foreign dancers.
Strictly composed of dancers from different countries of the world, including Johannes Radebe from South Africa, Spaniard Gorka Marquez and Nancy Xu from China.
Sir Vince said: “As British society falls a part, it could pose a risk to Strictly.
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Vince Cable was concerned that Brexit would affect Strictly Come Dancing,
Vince Cable appeared on Strictly in 2010.
“If we have a clumsy immigration policy, like the one we have for non-EU citizens, all kinds of perverse decisions could be made.
Of the 18 dancers who started the competition this year, only three are British nationals.
Sir Vince added: “We may need to limit citizenship agreements to protect them.”
Longtime Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg immediately hit back at Sir Vince’s claims.
The MP for North East Somerset and House of Commons Leader said: ‘The idea that Brexit will have an effect on Strictly is just plain silly.
Vince Cable was the frontman of Lib Dem between 2017 and 2019.
“I wouldn’t present myself as an expert on Strictly. I watched it when Ed Balls was there but never since.
He said it was “hard to see” whether immigration rules would be the key to Strictly’s success or not.
He added: “There are already effective and efficient immigration arrangements for artists such as opera singers and ballet dancers.”
Sir Vince remains an enthusiastic ballroom dancer, even at 78, and reached the final of the UK’s 65-plus ballroom competition in 2018.
He also performed remarkably well on Strictly, scoring an impressive 36 out of 40 from the judges, including a perfect 10 from Chief Justice Len Goodman.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back at Sir Vince’s remarks.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, another longtime critic of the EU, tore up Sir Vince’s claims.
He said: “Since the majority of strictly professional dancers are non-EU citizens, I’m sure we will have no problem dealing with EU citizens the same after Brexit.
“It’s more desperate Project Fear with tassels over Vince Cable.
“It is surely time for him to waltz into retirement.”
Sir Vince resigned as MP for Twickenham shortly before the December 2019 election.
Robert Webb retired from Strictly Come Dancing earlier this week.
However, he is not the only one concerned with the arts after Brexit.
Famous British opera singer Dame Sarah Connolly has warned that Britain risks losing its place among the world’s leading musical nations due to new visa and work permit issues.
When appearing on Desert Island Discs last week, she asked, “Where will this next generation come from if they can’t make themselves known?
Speaking of her fears for the future of British opera, she said: “Without some sort of situation where British musicians can spend a lot of time in Europe, building their careers, I am very concerned that [we will lose] what we have right now, which is about 20 percent of global excellence.
“Some of the world’s greatest singers are British.”
A press release from the Culture, Media and Sports Department confirmed on Monday that 20 EU member states will offer visa-free and work permit-free itineraries to UK musicians and performers.
The list includes France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Discussions are continuing with countries that do not allow tours without visas and work permits, including Spain, Greece and Portugal.
The press release stressed the desire to allow British designers to continue “to grow their audience and show the world the best of British creativity”.
Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 7 p.m. on BBC One. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.