The Channel 4 drama exposed an ongoing problem in the Brexit debate: the lack of women's voicesby Sian Norris / January 9, 2019 / Leave a comment
On Monday 7 January, Channel 4 screened its joint production with HBO Brexit: The Uncivil War. Written by James Graham and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, it tells the story of how the Vote Leave campaign won the 2016 Referendum.
The drama was gripping and the acting excellent. But where were the women?
Even women prominent in the Leave campaign barely got a look-in alongside the macho posturing of Banks, Farage, Cummings and Johnson. Prominent Labour Brexiteer Gisela Stuart was granted only one line, while her colleague Kate Hoey wasn’t portrayed at all. PM Theresa May had a cameo, but she was a rare female political voice.
This lack of women in last night’s TV drama reflects a troubling issue with Brexit. Because women aren’t just missing from fictionalised portrayals. They’re missing from the entire debate.
Of course, there are some notable women involved in Brexit procedures. Both Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster have been at the forefront of negotiation…