Corbyn Backs Brexit But 'With a Deal' in TV Debate

Opinion polls show Labour have closed the gap on the Conservatives substantially during the campaign, but Corbyn's personal ratings remain low and the party has struggled to overcome longstanding doubts about its fiscal competence.

PRIME minister Theresa May and her Labour nemesis Jeremy Corbyn were due to face a live TV grilling this evening.

When May called the snap election in April, hoping for a stronger mandate for the European Union talks, the Conservatives had a lead of more than 20 points over Labour.

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It was not a debate, but did air policy and stylistic differences between the two foes.

Mrs May also faced tough questions from the audience and Mr Paxman.

British voters will go to the polls on 8 June that will decide whether May, from the centre-right Conservatives, or Corbyn of the leftist Labour Party, gets to sit down with Brussels and hammer out an exit deal that will define the country's trade and diplomatic ties with the EU.

The Labour leader chose to be first up in the live television programme, which was broadcast by Sky News and Channel 4, after winning a coin toss.

Ten days before the United Kingdom goes to the polls, the two party leaders separately faced wide-ranging questions on their manifestos, on Brexit and on past political stances and comments from the veteran tough questioner.

Sterling rallied in April when May called the vote as investors bet her then large poll lead would translate into a big majority, reducing uncertainty over whether she would have the mandate required to negotiate on Britain's behalf and then drive the deal through parliament.

"The Prime Minister brought it back to the fundamentals - who is going to get the best Brexit deal, and in doing so who will be able to secure our economy, our public services and our national security".

Pressed further by Paxman if that means she would be ready to cut short the lingering talks and part with the European Union without any agreement, the prime minister reiterated that the United Kingdom "will be there to negotiate the right deal but..."

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. Because I am clear about the instruction I have been given, clear about what needs to be done, and ready to get on with the job on day one - while Jeremy Corbyn doesn't have the belief, the will or the plan to deliver Brexit.

Corbyn did not enjoy smooth sailing either, with Paxman making numerous accusations and typically cutting Corbyn off before he could reply.

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