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Thursday, 18 April 2024 – 20:43
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Corbyn agrees to BBC debate with May – on one condition

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to debate with Theresa May over her Brexit deal on the BBC, on the condition that it is just the two of them head to head.

Mr Corbyn had been keen to debate with Mrs May, but had previously only agreed to the terms offered by ITV, and not the BBC. The debate is now set to be broadcast on the BBC at 8pm on Sunday 9 December, two days before MPs will vote on the Brexit Deal in Parliament. 

Jeremy Corbyn said that he had preferred ITV’s format of a one on one debate. The BBC had suggested a format of taking questions from a panel. On Saturday, the Labour leader tweeted;

“Theresa May said she wanted a head-to-head debate with me on her botched Brexit deal and I am ready to do that.

“ITV have a straightforward plan. If she and her team prefer BBC, she should join me in asking them to arrange an actual head-to-head debate.”

The BBC has since announced: “Our proposal is to broadcast a programme which includes both a head-to-head debate between the prime minister and the leader of the opposition and also an opportunity to hear from a wider range of voices.


Photo Credit: Sophie Brown – licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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