ITV leaders debate: Boris Johnson will demand Jeremy Corbyn answer four key Brexit questions during their TV clash

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BORIS Johnson has demanded Jeremy Corbyn answer four big questions on Brexit during their first TV clash tonight.

The PM and the Opposition Leader go head to head for the first time in the election campaign in an the ITV leaders debate tonight from 8pm.

The ITV Leaders debate is seen by Labour as a big chance for their 70-year-old boss to make ground on the Tories current 11 point lead in the polls
Boris Johnson will call on Jeremy Corbyn to say if he will urge voters to back Remain or Leave in his planned second referendum on tonight’s ITV leaders debate

In a bid to set the terms of their crucial joust, the Tory boss last night despatched an appeal for clarity in a letter to the Labour chief.

Insisting the public have a right to know where Mr Corbyn stands on the major issues which he says his rival for No10 has ducked, Boris
called on him to say;

  • whether Mr Corbyn he will urge voters to back Remain or Leave in the second EU referendum that he proposes
  • if he will extend or end free movement from the EU, and if immigration will therefore he higher or lower
  • how much the Labour leader is prepared to keep on paying into the EUs budget after Brexit in exchange for market access
  • and how many of Mr Corbyns Labour candidates are behind his Brexit policy to renegotiate a new deal and then put it back to the people.

Mr Johnson has triumphantly declared an end to the Tories Brexit wars of the last year after all 635 if his candidates for Parliament signed a pledge to vote his deal through Parliament.

Laying down the gauntlet, the PM added in the letter: Without satisfactory answers to these questions, the public will have no choice but to conclude that Corbyns Labour, propped up by the SNP, will mean dither, delay, and uncertainty with two more chaotic referendums next year.

Tory campaign chiefs are privately worried about tonights clash amid soaring expectations that Boris will trounce Mr Corbyn.

The debate is seen by Labour as a big chance for their 67-year-old boss to make ground on the Tories current 11 point lead in the polls. With little expected of Mr Corbyn, his own aides say he cant lose.

One senior Tory figure dubbed it difficult territory for us, adding: Everyone thinks were going to smash him, whereas Corbyn just has to turn up to look better than what a lot of people think of him.

‘DIFFICULT TERRITORY’

Both leaders scrapped their campaign schedules yesterday afternoon and today to carry out intensive debate prep. Boris is being coaxed by former US President George W Bushs expert Brett ODonnell , while Michael Gove has played Mr Corbyn in rehearsals.

Mr Corbyn is being prepared by his usual team of close aides, and has a battle plan to lay out his own dividing lines in the election for voters to pick between the two parties.

They are based on claims that Mr Johnson is close Donald Trump and billionaire donors, and only Labour can save the NHS.

Former Lib Dem No10 adviser Polly Mackenzie said: Only half as many people think Corbyn will win it, so its Boriss to lose. Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon were humiliated yesterday as their joint legal bid to force their way into the leaders debates flopped.

High Court judges dismissed a Lib Dem-SNP challenge against being left out of tonights ITV showdown, saying the decision was outside their remit and entirely up to the broadcaster.

They slammed the pairs claim that the TV station was breaching its impartiality obligations by choosing not to include them as not realistically arguable.

SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford was enraged by the decision, saying Scottish voters were being treated as second-class citizens by having no representation in the debates.

And the Lib Dems, who earlier accused ITV and the BBC of colluding to exclude Remainer parties, did not rule out appealing the decision.

ITV said the general election leaders debate will now go ahead as planned. The BBCs showdown between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn takes place on December 6.

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