Tory leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Labour counterpart are to hold a head-to-head debate November 19 in the race for 10 Downing Street. A snap election has been fixed for December 12 amidst Brexit row.
British broadcaster ITV will show the debate. The BBC says the channel also plans to hold another debate that will include other parties at a later date. Labour Party leader, Corbyn had challenged Prime Minister Johnson to a debate, which the latter welcomed.
However, there has been protestations from other parties on their exclusion. Liberal Dem leader Jo Swinson said she wished a three-person debate. Former Labour Party member, now of Lib Dem, Chuka Ummunna described Swinson’s exclusion “discriminatory, undemocratic and wrong”.
“Not only is it two blokes deciding to have a debate excluding women, we are not a two-party country and the sizeable proportion of the public who want to #stopBrexit won’t have a voice in the room,” Ummuna said.
The forthcoming UK poll is perceived as a referendum on Brexit.
To Nigel Farage of Brexit Party, teaming with Boris Johnson for resounding success meant the latter must join forces to ensure pro-Brexit lawmakers are elected into the British parliament.
He says the Brexit Party would contest every available seat with the Tories, except Johnson agrees to forming a “leave alliance” (i.e those who want the UK out of the European Union).