After Brexit: The Battle for Europe saw BBC Europe editor Katya Adler quiz EU chiefs and leading politicians on the future of the crumbling bloc.
The BBC, which has been accused of a pro-EU bias, was forced to admit the EU is in crisis in the hour-long documentary that trended on social media.
Ms Adler said: “The powerbrokers of Europe face an unprecedented challenge. For the EU this is a battle to survive. Brussels doesn’t exactly have a reputation for moving fast but something will have to give.
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For the EU this is a battle to survive
BBC Europe editor Katya Adler
“It could be that our national debate in Britain about Brexit turns out to be an irrelevance.
“Sooner or later the EU as we know it may no longer be there for us to leave.”
In the programme Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, admitted there was a “real risk” the EU will fall apart as populism rises.
After Brexit saw the BBC's Katya Adler and EU leaders admit the EU is in crisis
Twitter accounts using the hashtag #AfterBrexit praised the BBC for the documentary which saw Eurosceptics France’s Front National leader Marine Le Pen, Germany’s AfD leader Frauke Petry and Hungary’s Foreign Minister all contributed.
Andrew Frame said: “#AfterBrexit Excellent programme. Thought the BBC had lost the ability to do an honest unbiased review of the EU. Issue now is the fallout.”
@Hiawaffler said: “#AfterBrexit At last, the truth from MSM. Maybe now the Remoaners will stop moaning.”
Lawrence Fry said: “#AfterBrexit A brilliantly damning documentary. An embarrassing indictment of the remain campaign and its flawed aspirations.”
Twitter exploded over the BBC documentary
Social media users praised the BBC
After Brexit: The Battle for Europe saw BBC Europe editor Katya Adler quiz EU chiefs
Leading political figures admitted the EU is on the brink of collapse
Alfred Albion said: “So now the BBC makes a documentary predicting the collapse of the EU #AfterBrexit. Finally some truth.”
Dancing Palace Guard @DancerGuard said: “THRILLING to watch #AfterBrexit, the pro-EU BBC itself waking up to the EU's demise. Should be obligatory viewing for all BBC apparatchiks.”
Odin Of Old said: “#AfterBrexit Well that was 12 months late in being shown BBC,at last an honest and brutal documentary on the state of the EU. #Leave.”
Others shot down the EU and praised voters for choosing to leave the bloc.
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Paul Brown said: “Anyone who watched #afterBrexit will be in no doubt that it's only a matter of time until the #EU implodes. The UK will is #betteroffout.”
Tracey Smart branded the programme “shocking”.
She said: “Wow this is truly shocking - the EU has benefitted no country except Germany by the looks of things #AfterBrexit”.
Suszanne Bloxham said: “Anyone else watching #afterbrexit & thinking 'thank f*** we're leaving'? What a mess.”
Chris Newton said: “UK rejects more EU integration. So what's the EU's answer? More EU integration. And people wonder why we're leaving… #AfterBrexit”.
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