THE BBC have announced today (Tuesday) that they have dropped their proposed Brexit TV debate after failing arrive to an agreement with Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
The BBC announced: “We are disappointed that we could not reach an agreement on the BBC’s proposal for a debate on Brexit.”
“We have been clear throughout the whole of this process that, as well as a substantive head-to-head debate, any programme we broadcast would need to include other voices, including other political parties, to reflect the wide range of views the public and parliamentarians hold about Brexit.” continued the broadcaster.
The BBC have stated that their proposal for the debate attempted to bring together additional perspectives:
“The final proposal we put to both of the main parties was for a head-to-head debate between the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition, followed by a discussion between eight panellists, including politicians, with a wide range of views on Brexit, and ending with further head-to-head debate and closing statements.”
“We believe ours was a fair and appropriate format for those taking part and, crucially, for our audiences around the country, and it is a shame we will not be able to bring them this programme.”
It is alleged that British Prime Minister, Theresa May had signed up to the BBC’s terms while Jeremy Corbyn preferred rival broadcaster ITV’s terms for a debate.
It Is uncertain whether Theresa May will consider ITV’s terms or if the televised Brexit debate, designed to discuss the EU withdrawal agreement, will go ahead in the future.