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Corbyn v. Johnson leaders’ debate is won by… Labour’s Barry Gardiner

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As leaders’ debates go (and I’m not a big fan of this particular US import), it wasn’t too bad. The BBC’s Nick Robinson chaired it quite fairly and allowed both the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader to finish off their points. It was a far cry from the abysmal ITV ‘debate’ a few weeks earlier, which had one reaching for the mute button after a few minutes.

As was expected, Boris Johnson kept it simple, very simple in fact, focusing on what he (rightly) regards as Corbyn’s and Labour’s electoral Achilles heel: namely their support for a second EU referendum, with Remain as an option. One lost count of how many times the Prime Minister said “Get Brexit done” in the programme, or the times he said he still didn’t know what Corbyn’s position was. If the Tories do win the election, and they’re currently very short-priced favourites to do so, then a major reason will be Labour’s shift away from their 2017 “we will respect the referendum result” position to their adoption of a second referendum policy. Arguably it wouldn’t be so bad if Corbyn had said his party would campaign for the Leave deal – that he said they’d get from the EU – but he didn’t. You don’t have to be a Tory to ask........

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