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Legislative in the UK: ultimate cautious duel between Johnson and Corbyn

2019-12-07T05:28:49.421Z

A last televised duel on the BBC opposed this Friday night December 6 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. While early elections are held next Thursday, December 12, the Conservative Prime Minister and his Labor rival have tried ...



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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn during their debate on the BBC set for December 6, 2019. JEFF OVERS / AFP / BBC

A last televised duel on the BBC opposed this Friday night December 6 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn. As early elections take place next Thursday, December 12, the Conservative Prime Minister and his Labor rival tried to convince by repeating once again their key campaign slogans.

In a much more measured atmosphere - to the point of making the debate somewhat boring, reports our correspondent in London, Muriel Delcroix - the two candidates had plenty of time to hammer their main messages before Thursday. The face-to-face was considered the last chance for Jeremy Corbyn to change the dynamics of the campaign, so far more favorable to the conservatives .

But the general opinion, reflected in a poll just after the debate, the leader of Labor has failed to reverse the trend. His weak point remains the vagueness of the Labor position on Brexit , relentlessly exploited by Boris Johnson: "The whole Labor team is campaigning to stay, except Jeremy Corbyn who is neutral. How can you renegotiate an agreement with Brussels on Brexit if you do not believe it? It's a mystery ... "

Jeremy Corbyn will have one of the most powerful blows in this debate, says Muriel Delcroix , condemning the racist and inflammatory language of Boris Johnson during his career: " The failure of a leader, it is when he uses racist remarks to describe people in other countries or in our society. I will never do that and my party will never do that. "

The question of the British's lack of confidence in their political class and the repeated lies of the Conservative Prime Minister have resurfaced, without any of the candidates suffering irreversible damage. The debate will probably have a minimal impact.

Everyone throws their strength into the battle

For his part, former Conservative Prime Minister John Major has lent his support to supporters of the European Union. He fears an impoverishment and weakening of the country, he says, adding that Brexit would hit the hardest those who have the least.

In a televised message on Friday, John Major spoke directly to voters, especially young people. A strong supporter of a new referendum, he calls for a vote beyond partisan rules to avoid a Brexit he considers " the worst foreign policy decision " he has ever known.

" The stakes have never been higher, especially for young people, " warned the former head of government. So my message is very clear: do not let others decide your future for you. Each of you can change the result of the poll. To vote is to choose. Vote for the candidate who you think best represents your own ideas and aspirations for the next Parliament. I have long been in politics and believe me, no party has the monopoly of wisdom. I am a Conservative, but I have always defended the political orientations of other parties if I shared them. That's what real politics is. And not politics as presented by politicians in the clannish spirit. Clan loyalty has its place, it can be important, and honorable. But sometimes you have to vote with your head and not just with your heart. Today is the moment. But whatever you do, do not spoil your voice, it has never been so important as it is today. "

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Source: rfi

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