In the first TV debate in the British election campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Conservative) and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn (Labor) blamed each other for false election promises. Johnson repeatedly attacked his adversary in the debate over his promise of a second Brexit referendum. "Will you promote the whereabouts or resignation?" Asked the Prime Minister.
He tried to put Corbyn in a vulnerable place: while the Labor Party wants to put the Brits in a referendum within six months, they have to choose between a Brexit with close ties to the EU and the whereabouts. But party leader Corbyn has not spoken out for one of the possibilities, which has earned him much criticism within the party so far.
Brexit theme dominates debate
Corbyn, on the other hand, accused the prime minister of sacrificing the National Health Service NHS to a trade agreement with the United States. He described the Prime Minister's plan to leave the EU with his post-negotiated agreement as of January 31, 2020, and to compensate for this with a contract with the US, as "nonsense". Johnson will need "at least seven years" to negotiate an agreement with the US.
In the run-up to the Brexit referendum three years ago, supporters, including Johnson, had been campaigning for Britain to award funds that would go to the EU if it quit the NHS. However, the numbers that have been mentioned were greatly exaggerated, while a government paper in a disorderly Brexit had short-term strong disadvantages, among others, for the health sector.
Conservatives far ahead of Labor
Even before the duel dominated the Brexit theme Johnson's election campaign. The PM accused the opposition of blocking Brexit, which the government had to "pull through". After that, the government would push "plans for the whole country" - while Corbyn could only offer the sandwiches "shudder and delay". Labor, however, had focused on the employment and social policies of the Prime Minister. "We know whose side Boris Johnson stands on the side of billionaires, bankers and big business people," said Corbyn's deputy John McDonnell.
For the new elections on December 12, the British House of Commons voted at the end of October at the behest of the Prime Minister. Johnson hopes for a government majority, which he does not have after the departure of critical members of the Conservative Group. According to polls, he has good chances for this: The conservative Tories see 45 percent of the polls far ahead of Labor with 27 percent. Another direct clash between Corbyn and Johnson will be on December 6 in a second TV duel.