BBC pulls out of Brexit TV debate between May and Corbyn

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Image caption Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn could debate the Brexit withdrawal agreement on TV this Sunday

The BBC has pulled out of holding a Brexit debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

Both the broadcaster and ITV offered to air a debate between the two leaders on Sunday – two days ahead of Parliament’s vote on the proposed Brexit agreement.

But the BBC confirmed it “could not reach an agreement” on its proposal.

Earlier, Labour said the PM was “running away from the scrutiny” of a head-to-head with Mr Corbyn by accepting the BBC’s format over ITV’s.

The BBC wanted to include “a range of voices” as part of a panel debate, as well as a head-to-head between the leaders.

Several other parties have said they should be included in the debate – including the SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens.

It is not yet clear what the situation is with ITV’s debate.

The news about the BBC debate came as MPs geared up to begin five days of debate in Parliament over the withdrawal agreement.

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