Nick Watt appointed new Political Editor of BBC Newsnight

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Nick Watt has been appointed Political Editor of BBC Newsnight, replacing Allegra Stratton.

Nick, who is currently Chief Political Correspondent at the Guardian, has spent nearly 25 years covering UK and European politics from Westminster, Brussels and Northern Ireland. He began his political reporting career as Ireland Correspondent of the Times based in Belfast during the early stages of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Nick Watt said: “I am thrilled to be joining the outstanding team at Newsnight at such a defining moment in UK politics. I have been a fan since Newsnight’s early days and am honoured to be working for a programme which has provided a home for some of my journalistic heroes over the last three decades.”

In 1997 Nick moved back to London as Political Correspondent for the Times and joined the Guardian’s political team the following year. He has also worked in Brussels as the Guardian’s European Editor before serving as the acting Political Editor of the Observer between 2007-2008.

Ian Katz, Editor of Newsnight said: “Nick is one of the most trusted, authoritative and engaging journalists in the country. With a background in Northern Ireland, Europe and Westminster he’s also uniquely equipped to guide viewers through an increasingly fractured and complex political landscape, and to lead the programme’s coverage of one of the most important and potentially tumultuous political periods in modern memory.”

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  • Kevin.S.Riley

    to bbc_complaints.
    Your various programs/news items have failed to real the legal realities that would flow from a vote to leave including allowing the “remain” campaign to seriously mislead the general public about the immediate effects of a vote to leave.

    The correct legal position is as follows -which I would hope you would ensure features prominently in your news items/referendum programs leading up to the actual day when voting takes place.

    In constitutional terms the referendum, whatever it’s result is “advisory” not “binding” .

    The above legal reality means that, if the result is in favour of the UK leaving the EU, the Government (with the approval of Parliament) would then have to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the leaving country (in this instance the Uk) TWO YEARS to agree the exact terms.

    Therefore the Government has at the very least TWO years to agree terms BEFORE it invokes Article 50.

    The above period could be extended legally to as many years as the Government may decide to take before invoking Article 50.

    The above gives the Government as long as it likes to agree terms both with the EU and it’s intended non EU trading partners

    Kevin S. Riley Solicitor