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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will go face-to-face on television less than a week before election 

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn set to go face-to-face on the BBC in a live debate less than a week before the general election – as Nigel Farage demands to be allowed to grill the PM on his Brexit deal

  • The clash will take place in Southampton on December 6 
  • It will be preceded on November 29 by a seven-way debate in Cardiff
  • Other events set to include smaller party leaders like Nigel Farage 
  • Brexit Party leader demanded to be allowed to face PM over his Brexit deal 

Boris Johnson will go head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in a prime time leaders’ debate on the BBC, the corporation announced today.

The clash will take place in Southampton on December 6, less than a week before the election.

It is one of a host of television specials set to grip the nation as election fever grows ahead of the crunch Brexit-focused vote. 

But it was slammed by supporters of the other parties.  

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to demand to be allowed to face-off against the PM over his Brexit deal – despite backing out of plans to run as a candidate himself.

Mr Farage said: ‘If Boris Johnson really believes that he has a great deal, let’s have a debate on it. Because I have read it — it’s not Brexit and it will not stand up to scrutiny’

The Lib Dems have already threatened to sue ITV after it proposed a debate between the Tory and Labour leaders on November 19. 

Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna tweeted today: ‘This is WRONG. The Tory and Labour leaders do not want to #StopBrexit – a large proportion of the British people do. 

‘The exclusion of the other main UK party leader – the @LibDems’ @joswinson – who does want to #StopBrexit is undemocratic and breaches the OfCom code. 

Mr Corbyn will face Boris Johnson in Southampton On December 6, the BBC said today 

They will also take part in separate audience grillings in Sheffield later this month

They will also take part in separate audience grillings in Sheffield later this month

‘As with @ITV, we will now be initiating legal proceedings against the @BBC too. 

‘We cannot allow our democracy and different political views to be thwarted in this way.’

Party leader Jo Swinson added: ‘The BBC are now complicit in another establishment stitch up to shut down debate on the most important issue for generations: Brexit. 

‘Millions of people voted to Remain in 2016. After three years of chaos, it is shocking that the Liberal Democrats – the strongest party of Remain – are being denied the opportunity to challenge Johnson and Corbyn on Brexit.’ 

It will be preceded on November 29 by a seven-way debate featuring ‘leaders or senior figures from the seven major GB political parties’ in Cardiff.

Mr Farage said: 'If Boris Johnson really believes that he has a great deal, let’s have a debate on it. Because I have read it — it’s not Brexit and it will not stand up to scrutiny'

Mr Farage said: ‘If Boris Johnson really believes that he has a great deal, let’s have a debate on it. Because I have read it — it’s not Brexit and it will not stand up to scrutiny’

And on November 22 the leaders of the four largest parties, Mr Johnson, Mr Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon, will each get a 30-minute grilling from an audience in Sheffield. 

It will give a platform to others like the Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage. 

A BBC spokeswoman said: ‘In the run up to the election, Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, is expected to take part in a 30 minute Question Time special and Sian Berry or Jonathan Bartley, leaders of the Green Party, will also feature on an audience focused special programme.’

 

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