May and opposition leader agree to TV debate over Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn agreed to a prime time television debate on Brexit ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote as she struggles to win support for the deal agreed with the European Union.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, and the leader of opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn attend an Armistice remembrance service at St Margaret’s Church, in London, Britain November 6, 2018. John Stillwell/Pool via REUTERS

May personally challenged her rival to take part in the head-to-head debate and said the format would need to be decided by broadcasters. Corbyn’s team accepted the offer, prompting demands from other parties and anti-Brexit groups to insist one of their supporters be allowed to take part.

“I am going to be explaining why I think this deal is the right deal for the UK – and yes, I am ready to debate it with Jeremy Corbyn,” May told the Sun newspaper. “Because I have got a plan. He hasn’t got a plan.”

Labour say they plan to oppose May’s deal in parliament and that if they were to win power they would strike a trade deal with the EU focussed on protecting jobs.

This would be the first time May has been willing to go up against the Labour leader in a live


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