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UK: Johnson and Corbyn spar in final leaders' debate01:58

UK: Johnson and Corbyn spar in final leaders' debate

United Kingdom, Cardiff
December 7, 2019 at 01:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

The two men aspiring to become prime minister faced off in the final election debate in Cardiff on Friday night.

Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson promised to deliver Brexit with "my deal" by January 31.

Responding to a challenge from the prime minister, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would seek to negotiate a new deal with the European Union (EU) before putting it to a referendum alongside a 'Remain' option within six months.

He said the future of the country and the National Health Service was at stake at the vote on Thursday.

Johnson warned voters over a possible Corbyn-Sturgeon coalition, saying it meant "uncertainty" and "frustration" for business.

The high point of the drama came during the closing stages, when both leaders were questioned on allegations of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in their parties.

After being accused of a failed of leadership by his opponent, Corbyn retorted that he would never use "remarks".

Johnson has been criticised for describing black people as "picaninnies" and comparing Muslim women to "letterboxes".

UK: Johnson and Corbyn spar in final leaders' debate01:58
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The two men aspiring to become prime minister faced off in the final election debate in Cardiff on Friday night.

Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson promised to deliver Brexit with "my deal" by January 31.

Responding to a challenge from the prime minister, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would seek to negotiate a new deal with the European Union (EU) before putting it to a referendum alongside a 'Remain' option within six months.

He said the future of the country and the National Health Service was at stake at the vote on Thursday.

Johnson warned voters over a possible Corbyn-Sturgeon coalition, saying it meant "uncertainty" and "frustration" for business.

The high point of the drama came during the closing stages, when both leaders were questioned on allegations of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in their parties.

After being accused of a failed of leadership by his opponent, Corbyn retorted that he would never use "remarks".

Johnson has been criticised for describing black people as "picaninnies" and comparing Muslim women to "letterboxes".

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