The first television debate between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn caused little fireworks on Tuesday evening. The Labor leader warned the British people about Johnson, who, according to him, wants the US to exploit the health system. Johnson repeatedly ignored the discussion topics presented and emphasized the Brexit.
According to the British public, there was no clear winner. A first poll by opinion poll YouGov shows that a minimal majority found Johnson more convincing, while Corbyn had to do with 49 percent of the voters.
This outcome will be experienced as disappointing, especially in the Labor camp. The largest opposition party is in the polls around the 10 percentage points behind Johnson's Conservatives and did not make the overwhelming impression with which the party can close the gap.
The prime minister and opposition leader crossed the line on topics such as the Brexit, possible independence from Scotland and the British health care system, the NHS. For many Britons, the health system is one of the most important post-war achievements.
Corbyn tries to get voter in 'NHS danger'
Corbyn tried to make it especially difficult for Johnson in the area of the NHS. According to Labor, the UK is heading for a "catastrophe" with the Brexit regulated by Johnson, because the health care system will then be "exploited" by the US.
At one of the most striking moments of the evening, Corbyn waved a document that would contain evidence of a possible deal between the US and the UK.
Johnson, hoping for a trade agreement with US President Donald Trump, would open up the entire healthcare system to the US, Corbyn said. The Tories leader resolutely rejected the statement and spoke of a "fake document."
The British Prime Minister got Corbyn several times because he constantly circled back to the Brexit. Johnson wanted the Labor leader to take a position on the Brexit, but received no answer nine times.
Corbyn has always said he wants to organize a second referendum on the issue, but refuses to state whether he will vote for or against the EU in such a referendum.
The British can go to the polls in more than three weeks, on 12 December.