US News Brexit takes centre stage in leaders' TV debate

08:06  19 may  2017
08:06  19 may  2017 Source:   Sky News

Brexit will be so damaging that UK will try to rejoin EU, Scottish minister says

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UKIP's leader Paul Nuttall found himself outnumbered by 4-1 on Brexit and other issues in a party leaders ' TV debate that was snubbed by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. (c) Sky News 2017: Brexit takes centre stage in TV debate as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn absent.

Video: Party leaders clash on Brexit during TV debate . The two-hour debate , staged by ITV at its studios in Salford, began with a clash on Brexit , then covered the NHS, social care, living standards, education and university tuition fees.

Party leaders at the debate on ITV © PA Party leaders at the debate on ITV

UKIP's leader Paul Nuttall found himself outnumbered by 4-1 on Brexit and other issues in a party leaders' TV debate that was snubbed by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. 

Mr Nuttall was also isolated on immigration and grammar schools as he battled against the Lib Dems' Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas of the Greens, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru.

But the UKIP leader didn't help his cause when on two occasions during the debate he called Leanne Wood "Natalie", presumably confusing her with former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.

"Who are you calling Natalie?" protested the Welsh Nationalist leader. "Leanne, I'm sorry," Mr Nuttall replied.

Gina Miller says ‘close-minded’ Theresa May is preventing country from healing

  Gina Miller says ‘close-minded’ Theresa May is preventing country from healing Ms Miller has launched a tactical voting initiative to support election candidates opposed to a hard Brexit. During her opening speech on Friday, she said: “Just because Mrs May has called a snap election does not mean we all have to snap into line and jettison common sense.” She added: “By being inflexible and harsh, close-minded, deaf to others’ opinions and concerns about Brexit, Mrs May is preventing the country from healing and recovering.Gina Miller's powerful speech at #TheConventionhttps://t.

:: Brexit takes centre stage in leaders ' TV debate . And yet - bizarrely - while the debate was going on, the Labour leader posted another tweet, saying: "Theresa May, why not debate me?"

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"You've done it twice now!" she replied. "Have I?" he said. "I'm sorry about that."

The two-hour debate, staged by ITV at its studios in Salford, began with a clash on Brexit, then covered the NHS, social care, living standards, education and university tuition fees.

Bizarrely, as the debate got under way, the absent Jeremy Corbyn - who declined ITV's invitation to take part - tweeted: "Theresa May, why not debate me?"

He added: "The public deserve to see a debate between the only two people who could form the next government."

In the first opening statement of the debate, the Plaid Cymru leader began by saying: "I have a message for the Prime Minister, who I'm sure is watching tonight.

"You may be too scared to come here tonight, for your U-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed.

Gina Miller says ‘close-minded’ Theresa May is preventing country from healing

  Gina Miller says ‘close-minded’ Theresa May is preventing country from healing Ms Miller has launched a tactical voting initiative to support election candidates opposed to a hard Brexit. During her opening speech on Friday, she said: “Just because Mrs May has called a snap election does not mean we all have to snap into line and jettison common sense.” She added: “By being inflexible and harsh, close-minded, deaf to others’ opinions and concerns about Brexit, Mrs May is preventing the country from healing and recovering.Gina Miller's powerful speech at #TheConventionhttps://t.

Brexit takes centre stage in leaders ' TV debate .

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"You want this election to only be about Brexit because that means you avoid talking about the real issues like the NHS, the economy and the cuts you have made to our public services.

"That's weak leadership - weak and unstable."

In her opening statement, Ms Sturgeon said: "This election really matters - for all of us across the UK.

"The SNP will always stand up against Tory cuts because they are damaging our public services and pushing more people into poverty.

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

But a defiant Mr Nuttall said only his party was "truly committed to the Brexit that people voted for" in last year's referendum.

He said only his party was committed to cutting immigration and slashing the foreign aid budget "that is costing you, the British taxpayer, around £30m every single day".

And he added: "Brexit would never have happened if it wasn't for UKIP!"

Mr Farron, defending his party's proposal for a second EU referendum, said: "Somebody will sign off that deal, it will either be the politicians or the people. I trust the people."

Ms Lucas defended the "huge contribution" made by immigrants and - in one of many attacks on the UKIP leader - said: "It's unfortunate there isn't a single question to which the answer for Paul Nuttall isn't immigration."

After the debate, the Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin said: "Tonight gave a glimpse of the chaos you could get in just three weeks with all the other parties propping up Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister."

But since the absence of the PM and Mr Corbyn gave their opponents a two-hour free hit to attack the Government on prime time TV, perhaps staying away wasn't such a good idea after all.

Conservatives' lead halved ahead of election - Survation poll .
Conservatives' lead halved ahead of election - Survation pollThe poll put the Conservatives on 43 percent, down 5 percentage points from a May 15 poll, with Labour at 34 percent, a reported rise of 5 points due to rounding. The research was conducted on May 19 and 20 after the release of the Conservative and Labour manifestos.

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