Key ITV election debate clashes Furious Boris Johnson vows NHS is never for sale in Brexit trade deal


FURIOUS Boris Johnson tonight vowed the NHS would never be put up for sale in a Brexit trade deal.

The Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn came head-to-head over key issues including the economy and the potential break-up of the union.

Boris Johnson furiously hit back at claims that the NHS would be put up for sale


Mr Corbyn brandished blacked out FOI documents tonight as he accused the PM of planning on selling the NHS to the US.

But the furious PM blasted: “This is an absolute invention, this is completely not true.

“Under no circumstances whatsoever would any Conservative government put the NHS on the table.

“Our NHS will never be for sale.”

And Mr Johnson instead pointed the finger at Mr Corbyn, saying he was focusing on the non-issue to “conceal the void” at the heart of his Brexit policy.


Mr Corbyn dodged questions nine times on how he would campaign in a second referendum.

He claims he wants to renegotiate a new deal with Brussels in just three months and put it back to the people for another vote.

But nine times he refused to say which side he would take afterwards.

The leftie boss said: “We will negotiate an agreement and we will put that alongside remain in a referendum.

“I will carry out that referendum, it will be a genuine choice. And we will carry it out.”

Mr Johnson accused him of creating more “dither and delay” with his plan for the country.

He said: “Let’s end this national misery and break the deadlock.”


Asked if the union more important than Brexit, yes or no, Mr Corbyn responded: “Our country is obviously very very important and we have to bring this business to a close.”

Mr Johnson answered: “The union is of course the most important thing. And its a fantastic thing.”


Corbyn tonight blasted racism as “evil” as he was quizzed over Labour’s anti-Semitism row.

He said: “Racism in any form is a scourge in our society.”

It comes after the Labour leader has been accused of its handling of anti-Semitism in the party.

And Mr Johnson said there had been a “complete failure” by Corbyn to properly handle the debate.

He said: “It’s a failure of leadership.”

The two party bosses are tonight being grilled on Brexit, crime and the NHS in a live clash on ITV.

It comes afterJeremy Corbynwas named as the odds on favourite to win the debate at 8-11.

Boris Johnsonwas at evens to win the debate.

Hosted by news presenterJulie Etchingham, tonights head-to-head marks the first time since 2015 that both the Labour and Conservative party leaders have taken part in a TV debate.

ITV also plans to hold a multi-party debate before the election on December 12.

Its telling on how well leaders perform in these kinds of debates which can make or break their popularity with voters.

At the last election in 2017, then-Prime MinisterTheresa May opted out of the live TV discussion, taking a blow as she was seen out-of-touch.


Earlier today, Boris warmed up by jumping in the ring at a boxing gym.

Carrie Symonds is supporting the PM on the campaign trail with the couple spotted boarding a train together at London Euston this morning.

Meanwhile Mr Corbyn sharpened up by getting a hair cut with the Labour boss sharing a snap of his “quick trim” to Instagram.