Published On: Wed, Oct 30th, 2019

General Election: Boris Johnson team will do ‘everything’ to stop Farage TV debates | UK | News

Senior Political Correspondent for the Daily Express, Martyn Brown, joined Brexit the Final Countdown host Rebecca Hutson to discuss the upcoming general election. MPs approved Boris Johnson’s plans for a pre-Christmas election on December 12. With the ballot in little more than six weeks, discussion now turns to campaigning and television debates.

Mr Brown revealed on the podcast that Number 10 will do “everything they can” to prevent Nigel Farage from participating in the live debates.

He said: “I think the team behind Boris Johnson will do everything they can not to appear on television with Nigel Farage.

“Because, let’s face it, to coin a phrase, both Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are kind of box office, aren’t they?

“They’re great public performers, but they’re also on pretty much the same side of the argument.”

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He continued: “I don’t think Number 10 will want those two to share any kind of platform.

“There’s also the argument that the Brexit Party don’t have any seats in Parliament so why should they be involved?

“You could argue there’s no place for Nigel Farage, and I think Number 10 and Conservative Headquarters will be doing everything they can to stop that from happening.

“They see a Boris v Corbyn showdown as a win-win for them so I think that’s what they’ll be angling for.”

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Mr Barnes continued: “He’s a brilliant public speaker, he clearly cuts through with one message, there’s no kind of dithering or delaying with him.

“And he’s a man that people recognise and trust as such in the Brexit side.

“So that is where the Tories will start seeing people swaying towards the Brexit Party if that face-off is allowed to happen.”

Opposition parties had tried to change the date of the election to December 9, but this was voted down by 315 to 295.

The general election vote passed by 438 to 20.


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