Discussions about a televised debate began after May issued a challenge to the Labour leader to go head-to-head on her Brexit deal | Carl Court/Getty Images
BBC fails to agree Brexit debate format
A statement from the public broadcaster says it is ‘disappointed’ not to have reached agreement to hold the debate.
Updated 12/4/18, 6:06 PM CET
LONDON — The BBC axed plans to host a Brexit debate between Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn after failing to reach an agreement on its proposal.
In a statement, the British broadcaster said its final proposal for a head-to-head debate between the U.K. prime minister and her Labour opposite number, followed by a discussion between eight panelists and a further head-to-head debate, is a “fair and appropriate” format.
“We are disappointed we could not reach an agreement on the BBC’s proposal for a debate on Brexit,” the statement said.
Discussions about a televised debate began after May issued a challenge to the Labour leader to go head-to-head on her Brexit deal — an offer accepted by Corbyn.
Leaders were offered a rival proposals by the BBC and commercial broadcaster ITV, which has suggested a simple head-to-head format on Sunday evening with no studio audience. May had accepted the BBC’s offer, but the Labour Party preferred the ITV proposal and made clear it is ready to sign up to it. It is unclear if the debate will now go ahead on ITV.