Thursday, 18 October, 2018

May, Corbyn clash over Brexit plans with UK vote a week away

May, Corbyn clash over Brexit plans with UK vote a week away May, Corbyn clash over Brexit plans with UK vote a week away
Debra Rodriguez | 02 June, 2017, 02:28

May declined a face-to-face debate with Corbyn, whose opposition party has in recent days narrowed the gap in opinion polls, though the ruling Conservatives remain in front.

The prime minister's absence could undermine her campaign message that the election on June 8th is a choice between her and Mr Corbyn.

He said all of Labour's election polices were fully costed. However, taking part also holds risks for Mr Corbyn, who is likely to be attacked by Mr Nuttall on immigration and by Mr Farron on Brexit.

Some of the abuse aimed at Ms Barnett on Twitter has been anti-Semitic, while others have accused her of being biased against Mr Corbyn.

"We are doing the right thing in making a success of Brexit", she said, vowing to maintain her reputation as a "bloody hard woman" during talks with European Union leaders if her party wins the election and keeps power.

"This vehicle crash interview shows Jeremy Corbyn isn't up to the job of leading our country through the challenges ahead - he is simply too big a risk to take".

May called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her slender majority in parliament going into the Brexit talks.

The prime minister was campaigning in Wolverhampton today, and returned to the theme of Brexit, portraying her Labour rival as unable to conduct talks on leaving the European Union, saying Jeremy Corbyn would find himself "alone and naked in the negotiating chamber".

"There isn't such a thing as being unfair to politicians - if you put yourself up for elected office in public life you are subject to permanent scrutiny", he said.

Corbyn had previously said he would not take part in the debate unless May did likewise, but has now u-turned and agreed to take part.

"It is a sign of extreme weakness for a Prime Minister to avoid these debates".

She said the government had had to ensure Britain was "living within our means" given "the economic situation we had inherited".

Corbyn has now cancelled planned appearances at stump events in Swindon and Stroud, and a rally in Bristol.

The leaders of the Liberal Democrats, the UK Independence Party, the Greens and Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru, and the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, are also taking part in the debate. "Now will Theresa May crawl out from where's she's hiding to debate?"

Corbyn, leader of the leftist Labour Party who is standing on a platform of higher taxes on the wealthy, higher public spending and higher investment, stumbled over how much money it would take to broaden provision of free child care in a BBC radio interview. "If we get Brexit right, I am confident that that future will be bright".

She replied: "The truth is we are fighting to win and we are fighting to win with a majority".

In the months since the Brexit vote, Mr Corbyn had first made a "reckless" call for talks under Article 50 to be triggered on day one after the referendum, then had "lurched chaotically from half-baked plan to half-baked plan" adopting seven different approaches to European Union withdrawal, she said.

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