May, Corbyn Grilled By Paxman And Studio Audience

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she's ready to walk away from Brexit negotiations without a deal with the European Union if the agreement isn't good enough.

Just over half of the 1,009 respondents said May would make the best prime minister, whilst support for Labour's Jeremy Corbyn stood at just 30 percent, albeit higher than in previous surveys.

This prompted speculation that Corbyn, whose party will contend in the general election on June 8 against the ruling Conservative Party, had honored the memory of Atef Bseiso, who was head of intelligence for the PLO and was involved in the murder of the Israeli athletes as part of the 1972 Black September terrorist operation in Munich.

On the issue of the monarchy, Mr Corbyn rejected suggestions he would abolish it, declaring: "It's not on anybody's agenda, it's certainly not on my agenda".

"Better no deal than a bad deal", a line she has used successfully in the past, won loud applause from the studio audience at Sky.

Returning to the issue on Monday, Labour accused May of "ducking" questions over the proposals and highlighted uncertainty over her plans for heating subsidies for retirees, free school meals, tax for the self-employed, and funding for the National Health Service.

In a speech on Tuesday in Wolverhampton in central England, home to one of the Conservatives' target seats, the prime minister sought to pivot the debate back to Brexit. "In negotiations you have to recognise that you're not in there to get a deal at any price".

The Tories were hoping to "avoid exposing the deficiencies of Theresa May to public scrutiny" by criticising the Labour leader, said Tom Watson, whose words were significant, given his own relationship with Mr Corbyn is often rancorous.

"Look at the evidence", Rudd said earlier when asked on BBC TV's Andrew Marr show if a Labour victory would make terror attacks more likely.

Challenged over whether he would "soften" the UK's foreign policy, Mr Corbyn said: "It's not about softening our foreign policy".

The studio audience again applauded loudly when Mr Paxman pointed out that Mrs May and her spokesmen had promised on six occasions since becoming PM that there would not be a general election before 2020.

May said she would strive for "a fair settlement" and "the right deal... which will stop us paying huge sums every single year", responding to a question about if she would entertain an option of paying £100 billion to secure a Brexit deal.

"It will will obviously cost a lot to do so to do we accept that", he said, when questioned about the figures by Emma Barnett.

The two party leaders' differences on how to handle talks with Brussels came to the fore last night during the main televised event of the campaign, in which they separately fielded questions from the public and were then interviewed. She altered the policy, which opponents derided as a "dementia tax", four days later to add a cap on payments, after Tory activists reported negative responses from voters.

May dealt relatively easily with the audience questions but had a far tougher time when Paxman was let off the leash.

  • Leroy Wright