BREXIT LIVE: GAME ON! D-Day for May approaches as CRUNCH Parliament vote date REVEALED

Posted on Nov 27 2018 - 3:41am by admin

In a letter to Conservative MPs, chief whip Julian Smith said the vote would come after five days of debate, starting next Monday. He told MPs that attendance in the voting lobbies should take place over any Christmas gatherings. If the government is defeated on the meaningful vote, it will have until New Year’s Day to come up with their alternative plan.

Theresa May said: “I’m looking ahead to December 11th, when this House will be faced with a decision as to whether or not it wishes to deliver on the vote of the British people with a deal that not only delivers on that vote but also protects their jobs.”

This came as the Prime Minister appeared in the House of Commons to defend her Brexit deal with the European Union in a marathon debate lasting two-and-a-half hours, attempting to rally MPs behind her and vote it through Parliament.

The Prime Minister warned the UK could find itself “back to square one” if her Brexit deal is voted down in the Commons.

She maintained it is the best agreement currently available but rejecting it would open the door for “more division and uncertainty”.

READ MORE: Brexit deal vote: What is the ‘meaningful vote’ in Parliament?

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Brexit latest: Theresa May is on a 17-day battle to get her deal through Parliament (Image: GETTY )

It is no surprise that some are trying to lay down markers again for the future relationship, but they should be getting used to the answer by now – it is not going to happen!

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Mrs May said: “This has required give and take on both sides but this deal honours the result of referendum.

“I can say with certainty there is not a better deal available.

“We can back this deal and deliver on the result of referendum and move onto building brighter future, or reject this deal and go back to square one.

“If this deal didn’t pass, it would open the door to more division and uncertainty and all risks that entails.

“The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours referendum and allows us to come together again as a country.”

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Brexit latest: Theresa May faces an uphill struggle to get her deal through Parliament (Image: GETTY/AFP)

Mrs May’s latest statement comes just 24 hours after she returned from Brussels where European Union leaders took just 40 minutes to sign off her Brexit deal after 20 painstaking months of talks.

But agreeing a Brexit deal with the EU may have been the easy part for the Tory leader as getting it through a divided parliament at home could be an altogether tougher battle.

And for now, the odds look stacked against her with criticism of the deal from all sides, including the Northern Ireland’s DUP which is currently propping up her minority government.


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Brexit latest: Donald Trump has warned the US and UK could be left unable to trade (Image: GETTY)

8.15pm update: Donald Trump warns US-UK trade on BRINK due to May’s EU deal

Mr Trump said the US and UK could be left unable to trade with America if it left the EU on the current Brexit deal.

The US President attacked Theresa May’s deal as “good” for the European Union and questioned whether the agreed terms would mean the UK and US could still trade.

Speaking to reporters in Washington, Mr Trump blindsided the Prime Minister as she attempts to convince MPs to back the deal.

The bombshell came just hours after Theresa May stood at the dispatch box in the House of Commons to announce the draft Withdrawal Agreement had been finalised by the EU yesterday.

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Brwxit latest: Theresa May gave an impassioned statement in the Commons (Image: GETTY)

7.35pm update: World War 2 veteran’s campaign to STOP BREXIT fails as case thrown out by EU court

A European court rejected a bid to thwart Brexit where British campaigners argued the referendum should be deemed illegal because expats who had lived abroad for more than 15 years were not allowed to vote.

British expats, led by 97-year-old Harry Shindler, was turned down by the European Union’s General Court after asking for European Council’s decision to start Brexit negotiation to be invalidated because millions of Britons living in the EU were deprived of a vote.

Mr Shindler, a World War 2 veteran who lives in Italy, and 12 other British expats argue the EU should not have accepted Britain’s request to start Article 50 negotiations because significant numbers of British citizens, who have lived outside of the country for 15 years or more, were not allowed to vote in the referendum.

The European Council successfully opposed the application, insisting the EU’s decision does not affect the groups’ legal situation.

7pm update: ‘Has she FORGOTTEN?’ Jacob Rees-Mogg CONDEMNS May over £39bn EU divorce bill

Jacob Rees-Mogg has condemned Theresa May over the £39 billion EU divorce bill during a House of Commons showdown as the Prime Minister battled to defend her Brexit deal.

Mr Rees-Mogg questioned the controversial divorce bill as Mrs May faced major opposition to her Brexit plans from across the House.

The North East Somerset MP said: “The Prime Minister said we had a legal obligation to pay £39 billion.

“I wondered if she’s forgetting the House of Lords report from March 2017 that said in the event of leaving without a deal we don’t owe any money at all, therefore what are we buying with £39 billion of taxpayers’ money?”

6.20pm update: May calls Labour MPs to urgent meeting – ‘smacks of DESPERATION’

Theresa May has invited Labour MPs to an urgent Brexit meeting in a bid to win support for her unpopular withdrawal deal.

The Prime Minister is kicking off her campaign to secure backing for her Brexit deal ahead of the House of Commons vote on November 11.

Labour ministers will meet Mrs May’s deputy David Lidington and chief of staff Gavin Barwell for the private briefing at 8pm.

But leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised the move, insisting it “smacks of desperation”.

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Brexit latest: Jeremy Corbyn launched another furious attack against Theresa May and her Brexit deal (Image: SKY NEWS)

5.45pm update: Meaningful vote will take place on December 11

The meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal is expected to take place in the House of Commons on December 11. 

In a letter to Conservative MPs, chief whip Julian Smith said the vote would come after five days of debate, starting next Monday. 

He told MPs that attendance in the voting lobies should take place over any Christmas gatherings. 

READ MORE:  When will Parliament vote on Brexit?

5.10pm update: Former Tory Minister warns Britain is risking surrender to EU over Brexit

Theresa May has been warned Britain faces “surrender” to the EU amid warnings the problems with Brexit have “hardly begun”. 

Mark Francois pleads with the Prime Minister to change her approach, while former Attorney General Dominic Grieve urges her to be “completely transparent with the sort of problems” the UK will encounter – including over the Irish border.

Mr Francois says: “The Prime Minister and the whole House knows the mathematics – this will never get through, and even if it did, which it won’t, the DUP – on whom we rely for a majority – have said they would then review the confidence and supply agreement, so it’s as dead as a dodo.

“Prime Minister, I plead with you, the House of Commons has never, ever surrendered to anybody and it won’t start now.”

Mrs May replies: “The United Kingdom has not surrendered in those matters he has referred to.”

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Brexit latest: Boris Johnson quetioned statements made by Theresa May over Brexit (Image: SKY NEWS)

4.50pm update: Sir Michael Fallon brands Brexit deal a ‘huge gamble’

The former Tory Defence Secretary says: “Well nobody can doubt that the Prime Minister has tried her very best, are we not nonetheless being asked to take a huge gamble here?

“Paying, leaving, surrendering our vote and our veto without any firm commitment to frictionless trade or the absolute right to dismantle external tariffs.

“Is it really wise to trust the future of our economy to a pledge simply to use best endeavours?”

4.40pm update: Boris Johnson challenges May over what he claims are contradictory Brexit statements

The former Foreign Secretary says: “It’s very hard to see how this deal can provide certainty to business or anyone else when you have half the Cabinet going around reassuring business that the UK is effectively going to remain in the customs union and in the single market, and the Prime Minister herself continuing to say that we are going to take back control of our laws, vary our tariffs and do as she said just now, real free trade deals.

“They can’t both be right: which is it?”

Mrs May replies: “What I said in my statement was that neither we nor the EU were entirely happy with the backstop arrangements that were put in place…

“I recognise a concern that has been expressed about our ability to negotiate free trade deals with other countries on the basis of the arrangement that we are putting in place with the European Union for our future relationship.

“We will be able to negotiate those free trade deals, but I think every member of this House should be aware that when those trade deals are being considered there will be issues that this House will want to consider which will be nothing to do with whether or not we have a particular relationship with the European Union.”

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Brexit latest: Macron gloated about French fishermen’s rights in UK waters after Brexit (Image: EPA )

4.30pm update: David Davis questions £39bn payment to the EU 

The former Brexit Secretary asks why the UK is not witholding payment of the £39bn divorce bill until after a trade deal is struck. 

He says: “If the EU really intends in good faith to rapidly negotiate a future trade agreement why can we not make the second half of the £39 billion conditional on delivering it?”

Mrs May responds by saying there is a timetable for payments. 

She says: “As he is aware from earlier negotiations we had on this particular issue the £39 billion has been determined in relation to our legal obligations and I think it’s important that as a country we stand up to our legal obligations.

“As he will also know there’s a timetable for these payments and of course a key element of this is ensuring we’re able to have an implementation period which of course is so important for our businesses to ensure they only have to make one set of changes and there is a smooth and orderly transition.”

4.20pm update: May hits back over pressure for a ‘Plan B’ on Brexit

Remainer MP Anna Soubry asks the Prime Minister to provide the Commons with a plan B as her Brexit deal will be voted down.

She says: “As it currently stands, the majority of people in this House will not vote in favour of the Prime Minister’s deal, despite her very best efforts, so she needs Plan B.

“What is the Prime Minister’s Plan B – is it Norway, plus the single market, the customs union, which some of us have been arguing for for over two years?”

Mrs May responds: “I’m tempted to say to her that throughout the last 18 months of these negotiations at virtually every stage people have said to me it wasn’t possible for me to negotiate a deal with the EU.

“No sooner do I then people are saying ‘well what’s the next thing you’re going to negotiate’.”

4.10pm update: Corbyn claims continuing with deal is “an act of national self harm”

The Labour leader warns under the current deal, the UK would have to “agree to demands on waters and quota shares” to get a future trade deal or extend the transition period. 

He also claims the deal opened the door for Spain to have “a role over Gibraltar”. 

The Labour leader says: “It’s not in the national interest for the Prime Minister to plough on when it’s clear this deal does not have the support of either side of this House or the country as a whole.

“Ploughing on is not stoic, it’s an act of national self harm, instead of threatening this House with a no deal scenario of a no Brexit scenario the Prime Minister now needs to prepare a plan B.”

Theresa May responds saying the British people wanted control of “our borders, they want an end to free movement and this deal delivers it”. 

Referencing Mr Corbyn’s warnings over fishing and Gibraltar, she says: “It’s important to recall that if we were in the backstop we would be outside the Common Fisheries Policy and we would be deciding who has access to fish in our waters.

“He mentioned Gibraltar, I quoted the chief minister of Gibraltar who made very clear, as I did, that this Government stood by Gibraltar and we resisted changes to the Withdrawal Agreement which the Spanish government wished to make.”

4pm update: Corbyn goes on the attack against May 

Jeremy Corbyn is quick to again attack Theresa May’s agreed draft Breixt deal and the negotiations that led to it. 

He claims it fails to deliver on the Prime Minister’s vow that it takes back control of the UK’s borders, money and laws. 

The Labour leader says: “The Prime Minister might want to sell yesterdays summit as a great success, but nothing has changed.

“The Prime Minister says if we reject this deal it takes us back to square one but the truth is under this government we have never got beyond square one.

“This botched deal is a bad deal for this country.

“Yesterday marked the end of miserable negotiations from the government.

“Even the Prime Minister’s own government can’t bring themselves to sell this deal.

“Her Cabinet knows these negotiations have failed and will leave Britain worse off.

“The Prime Minister claims this deal takes back control of money and laws is a fallacy – the reality is the opposite.

“Can the Prime Minister confirm if we avoid backstop, we have to accept whatever EU demands to extend transition period?

“So much for taking control of our border, money and laws!”

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Brexit latest: EU leaders agreed May’s Brexit deal in 40 minutes (Image: GETTY/AFP )

3.50pm update: ‘We would go back to square one’ May warns of consequences if Brexit deal is rejected

The Prime Minister warns the UK could find itself “back to square one” if her Brexit deal is voted down in the Commons. 

She maintains it is the best agreement currently available but rejecting it would open the door for “more division and uncertainty”. 

Mrs May says: “This has required give and take on both sides but this deal honours the result of referendum.

“I can say with certainty there is not a better deal available.

“We can back this deal and deliver on the result of referendum and move onto building brighter future, or reject this deal and go back to square one.

“If this deal didn’t pass, it would open the door to more division and uncertainty and all risks that entails.

“The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours referendum and allows us to come together again as a country.”

3.45pm update: ‘There is no alternative deal’ May again defends her Brexit agreement 

Theresa May has again launched a strong defence of the Brexit deal she has struck with the EU. 

She admits neither Britain or Brussels is overly happy with the end result, but that it is the only deal on the table. 

The Prime Minister says: “I don’t pretend that either we or the EU are entirely happy with these arrangements.

“But there is no alternative deal that honours our commitments to Northern Ireland which does not involve this insurance policy.

“There is no deal that comes without a backstop and without a backstop there is no deal.”

3.40pm update: ‘We will always stand by you’ May praises Gibraltar

Theresa May has paid tribute to Gibraltar, insisting Britain will always fully support the territory, even after Brexit has commenced. 

She says: “We have worked constructively with the Governments of Spain and Gibraltar.

“For the future partnership, the uk will be in negotiations for the whole uk family, including Gibraltar.

“The legal text of the draft wa has not been changed – that is what the Spanish government sought but they have not achieved that

The message to Gibraltar is clear – we will always stand by you and proud that Gibraltar is British.

“Our position on sovereignty won’t change.”

3.30pm update: Theresa May addresses the House of Commons on Brexit 

The Prime Minister is updating the Commons on the progress of Brexit negotiations, which saw her draft agreement signed off by the EU27 in Brussels on Sunday.

She maintains this is the “right deal for britain because it delivers on the democratic decision of brit people”. 

Mrs May adds: “This takes back control of borders, ends free movement of people once and for all, takes back control of laws.

“It ends various vast payments we send to Brussels so we can spend taxpayers’ money on our own priorities.

“It delivers on our commitments to Northern Ireland and whole family in the uk, including overseas territories.”

2.54pm update: May’s Cabinet to prepare for no-deal Brexit

The Prime Minister hosted a cabinet meeting of senior ministers on Monday after EU leaders agreed her deal. 

Amid a revolt in Parliament, ministers agreed to continue to take all necessary actions to prepare for Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal. 

2.46pm update: May will host business leaders and investors later on Monday to update them on Brexit 

The reception comes after May clinched a divorce deal with the European Union on Sunday and started the process of trying to win over critics in order to get the agreement through the British parliament.

2.38pm update: May’s spokesman has been speaking after the Tory leader’s cabinet meeting 

He said the Prime Minister has been clear that if her deal is voted down, it will set in a period of uncertainty. 

Her other scenarios include a no-deal Brexit or no Brexit. 

2.21pm update: DUP hail ‘useful meeting’ over farming and business in Northern Ireland 

Leader Arlene Foster said she had a “very useful meeting” with around 30 representatives of the business and farming communities in Northern Ireland. 

She said: “We reiterated why we couldn’t support the Withdrawal Agreement – because it is a legally-binding international document that treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK, but also imposes rules in the longer-term from Europe over which we would have no democratic say, neither would any businesses nor the farming community. 

“It was a very useful meeting, we will continue having meetings with the business community.”

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Brexit latest: Amber Rudd arrives at Downing Street (Image: EPA )

1.54pm update: May’s own Brexit secretary has admitted it will be a ‘challenge’ to get the PM’s deal through Parliament 

Stephen Barclay told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the Prime Minister has got the best agreement possible for the United Kingdom after her negotiations with Brussels.

Asked about how the Government will get the deal secured by Mrs May at yesterday’s summit approved by the House of Commons, Mr Barclay said: “Well it’s going to be a challenging vote.

“But it’s now the job of all of us in Cabinet to make the case to our colleagues, to make the case to the country.

“The Prime Minister, after two years working day and night in the national interest, has secured a deal that respects the referendum result. And does so in a way that also protects jobs, that also gives security to EU citizens.”

1.37pm update: Hard border on the island of Ireland cannot be avoided through goodwill and wishful thinking – Ireland’s premier

Leo Varadkar said the current draft Brexit deal on the table is the only way of preventing a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Taosieach said the heads of the 27 EU member states agreed not to speculate on a no-deal scenario, but he added that Ireland and the EU is making preparations for it.

Speaking at a Project Ireland event in Dublin after returning from Brussels where the EU and the UK Government backed the draft withdrawal text, Mr Vardakar said it makes sense for everyone to agree to the current deal.

He said: “We need to be realistic here, there is no country in the EU that can be fully prepared for a cliff-edge, no-deal Brexit. 

“Their (British Parliament) decision on whether or not to accept the deal that had been negotiated by their government is a matter for their Parliament, so we don’t want to be counter-productive by being seen to interfere with the of decisions of the British Parliament.

“You could imagine the reaction that might happen in Ireland if you had politicians from Spain or Britain or Denmark coming to Ireland and telling us how we should vote in a parliamentary vote.”

1.01pm update: Boris Johnson proposes NEW Brexit deal

The former foreign secretary and leading personality of the Leave campaign branded Mrs May’s deal a “disaster for this country”.

Arguing it will keep Britain linked to the European Union for years to come, Mr Johnson said the best possible alternative to this agreement is to “bank what is sensible” in it and chuck the rest.

He wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “The way out of this mess is clear. We should bank what is sensible in the Withdrawal Agreement and the political declaration, on citizens, on mutual recognition of qualifications, home and foreign policy co-ordination and so on.

12.47pm update: May’s Brexit deal will not get through – it’s not remotely possibly

Sarah Wollaston also called for the Prime Minister to back a second referendum stating any deal must have “valid consent from the public”.

The MP for Totnes and Chair of the Liaison Committee is amongst 80 conservative MP’s who plan to vote against the government in Parliament on December 12.

Ms Wollaston speaking to CNBC said: “I just don’t think it’s remotely possible that this deal would pass the Commons.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean that we would crash out with no deal because, certainly, Parliament, British parliamentarians are very opposed to leaving with no deal at all.”

12.26pm update: Senior cabinent members arrive at Downing Street 

Andrea Leadsom, Chris Grayling and Sajid Javid are among the MPs that have been spotted outside Number 10 as Mrs May launches her bid to persuade members to back her Brexit plan 

12.01pm update: EU await meaningful vote 

Asked what preparations the European Commission was making for the possible outcomes of the MPs’ vote on the Brexit deal, spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a Brussels press conference: “We will now wait for the meaningful vote in the House of Commons.”

Mr Schinas said that Michel Barnier’s Brexit negotiation team “have important tasks ahead, including both the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and the organisational work in order for the EU to start negotiation on the future relationship as soon as possible after withdrawal.

He added: “Michel Barnier and his team will be around for as long as the Article 50 process is ongoing 24/7, as always so far.”

11.56am update: Keir Starmer roasted over Brexit deal

The Labour frontbencher claimed his party would have done a better job than Mrs May in the Brexit negotiations and would be ready to go back to Brussels and get a better deal should there be a general election before March 2019 and a Labour victory.

But Sky News host Niall Paterson pointed out to Sir Keir the EU has explicitly vowed negotiations would not be reopened as the deal struck by Theresa May is the “best deal” for both the EU and the UK.


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Brexit latest: Penny Mordaunt arrives for a Cabinet meeting with May (Image: EPA )

11.49am update: May’s Cabinet arrive for meeting at Number 10 

Amber Rudd and Penny Mordaunt were pictured arriving at Downing Street for a meeting with the Prime Minister after her deal was secured in Brussels on Sunday. 

11.37am update: Theresa May has arrived at Downing Street after weekend in Brussels 

The Prime Minister will meet her cabinet members this afternoon to discuss the EU’s approval of her Brexit deal over the weekend. 

11.24am update: Jacob Rees-Mogg makes shock Brexit border revelation

The prominent Brexiteer revealed that Theresa May’s vocal commitment to ensuring control over UK borders may not, in fact, be so secure after all.

He said: “I’m not even convinced about borders actually because that issue may well come into the next stage. And slipped into the agreement is that we will have social security cooperation.

“That means we may still be paying benefits to EU nationals who come over in future.

“So even the avowed claim is one you can’t be certain about.”

10.56am update: Macron boasts his demands for guaranteed access to UK fishing waters after Brexit 

Many political analysts have suggested the entire EU was essentially originally based on France’s demands to have both its agriculture and fishing artificially protected by what became the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy.

And now the French President outlined European plans that would see Britain forced into the backstop unless Mrs May concedes access to the UK’s fishing waters in the future deal.

Speaking after the withdrawal agreement and political declaration on the future UK-EU relationship was agreed by leaders, Mr Macron said: “An agreement assumes that each side promotes its position.

“We as 27 have a clear position on fair competition, on fish, on the subject of the EU’s regulatory autonomy, and that forms part of our lines for the future relationship talks, which is a lever, because it is in our mutual interest to have this future relationship.

“I can’t imagine that the desire of Theresa May or her supporters is to remain for the long term in a customs union, but to define a proper future relationship which resolves this problem.”

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Brexit latest: Theresa May arrives at Downing Street (Image: GETTY/AFP )

10.37am update: Tory MP REJECTS Mrs May’s Brexit agreement DESPITE ‘sweetener’ KNIGHTHOOD

A rebel Brexiteer has said he does not back the Mrs May’s Brexit agreement despite being given a knighthood before the deal was signed off by the EU 27 on Sunday – with the prime minister accused of offering MPs peerages in order to ‘sweeten’ her deal and help push it through Parliament in December.

Mrs May is still facing outward opposition at home after her Brexit agreement was signed off by the EU27 in Brussels on Sunday – but the Prime Minister is yet to push her contested agreement through parliament.

More than 90 rebel Tory MPs have said they will not back the deal, including Sir John Hayes, a veteran Brexiteer.

Sir Hayes was allegedly offered the knighthood outside the usual honours cycle on Friday – but rejected Mrs May’s Brexit deal just days after receiving his peerage.

Mrs May has been accused of offering rebel MPs peerages as sweeteners to help pass her deal through.

9.58am update: May’s Brexit deal will leave UK £100billion a year poorer 

The Prime Minister’s proposed Brexit deal would shrink the value of the UK’s economy by 3.9 percent a year by 2030, independent analysis warned. 

A report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) found Theresa May’s negotiated deal to exit the European Union would leave the UK £100 billion a year poorer. 

NIESR’s analysis, commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, concluded the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per head would fall by 3 percent a year, amounting to an average cost per person a year of £1,090 at today’s prices – the equivalent of losing the economic output of Wales or the City of London.

It forecast that at the end of the first decade outside the EU, by 2030, total trade between the UK and the EU would fall by 46 percent, while foreign direct investment would fa

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Brexit latest: Jean-Claude Juncker blamed Britain’s failure for Brexit (Image: GETTY)

9.36am update: Juncker blames Britain’s failure for Brexit

The EU Commission President snapped when BBC Europe editor Katya Adler confronted him with his belief at the beginning of the negotiations that the process of agreeing the UK’s departure from the EU would be “sad” and a “failure”. 

A noticeably annoyed President Juncker replied: “Is it a failure on the British behalf if you are telling people year after year, month after month, day after day, that the membership of Britain in the European Union is a bad thing for the British citizens?

“I don’t think that the European Union is guilty for the result.

“It’s the responsibility of Britain. Only of Britain. Nobody else.”

8.30am update: May gears up for head-to-head debate with Corbyn

The Prime Minister wants to use a TV debate with Mr Corbyn as a political showpiece to seek the nation’s endorsement, according to a newspaper report.

The Labour leader “would relish” the opportunity to take on Theresa May over her “botched Brexit” in the proposed debate, his party has said.

In response to the Daily Telegraph report citing Mrs May’s desire to hold a debate, a Labour spokesman said: “Jeremy would relish a head-to-head debate with Theresa May about her botched Brexit deal and the future of our country.”

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