BBC scraps Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on night of I'm A Celeb final

BBC scraps Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on night of I'm A Celeb final

December 4, 2018

As first revealed by The Sun, the pair were set to debate each other live on Sunday on the BBC, now the broadcaster has pulled out as No10 and Labour couldn't agree.

Last week the BBC said they were "delighted" Mrs May had taken up the offer – but Mr Corbyn has always preferred ITV's format instead as it has more head-to-head time.

The BBC said in a statement today: "We are disappointed that we could not reach an agreement on the BBC's proposal for a debate on Brexit."

Their final proposal was for a head-to-head and some discussions with other politicians.

But the broadcaster said a Brexit takeover of the One Show would happen tomorrow and next week instead.

The ITV option, which Mr Corbyn said was "sensible" and "reaches a wide audience" is still on the table.

The clash was set to to place on the same night as the I'm a Celebrity final – which is going to air at 9pm.

A Labour spokesperson said earlier today: "Theresa May is running away from the scrutiny of a head to head debate with Jeremy Corbyn, as she did in the 2017 general election campaign.

"The public has a right to a genuine head to head debate on the Prime Minister’s worst of all worlds deal.

"If the Prime Minister turns down the opportunity of a genuine head to head debate, it will be clear she is once again dodging a TV debate with the leader of the opposition on the future of our country."

Boris threw his hat in the ring too last week – insisting the debate should include a REAL Brexiteer like him – rather than the other two leaders who voted to Remain.

Mrs May was slammed during last year's general election when she refused to go and debate Mr Corbyn head-to-head on live TV.

Instead she took part in a Question Time format and answered questions from voters.

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, Greens and SNP are all fuming they've been exclude from the debate.

No10 has rejected calls from other parties to take part.

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