U.K. Minor Parties Slam 'Extreme' Brexit in Debate May Avoided

by Garry Watts May 20, 2017, 0:49
U.K. Minor Parties Slam 'Extreme' Brexit in Debate May Avoided

There are likely to be 2 empty seats at tonight's Leaders' Debate at MediaCityUK as both the Conservatives and Labour have refused to take part.

May said it was more important to take question from voters as she did not think people benefited from seeing politicians "having a go at each other".

"Brexit would never have happened if it wasn't for Ukip", he said.

The leaders of five political parties have taken part in a TV debate.

In the unlikely event the Prime Minister takes up the offer, she should make sure he is who he says he is - a Corbyn lookalike turned up at ITV last night trying to get into the debate, Robert Peston reported on Twitter.

Mr Farron repeated his party's threat to hold another referendum on the final deal in a desperate bid to keep Britain in the EU.

Nearing the end of the debate, the Ukip leader referred to his opponent Leanne Wood - the leader of Plaid Cymru - as "Natalie".

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However, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, whose relationship with the PM has become more and more embittered of late, as they clashed over the proposal for a second Scottish independence referendum, said May "did not have the guts to be here tonight, but her spokesman in the form of [UKIP leader] Paul Nuttall is here in her place".

Ms Wood used her opening speech to launch an attack on Mrs May for her absence.

She stormed: "You may be too scared to come here for your u-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed".

Ms Wood said Wales had been disregarded after Brexit, saying: "Gibraltar has had more attention than Wales has had, so it's vital we have a strong team of Plaid Cymru MPs to advocate for Wales's national interests and to make sure that the Tories don't get away with an extreme Brexit that would cause serious harm for many people in many communities throughout the United Kingdom".

Corbyn this morning challenged May to a live debate, saying: "The British people deserve a real discussion about the choice at this election".

Seizing on Mrs May's election mantra of "strong and stable leadership", Ms Wood added: "That's weak leadership - weak and unstable".

"We will stand up for jobs - and against an extreme Brexit that will put living standards and jobs at risk". "I trust the people".

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