Leaders in pre-election strife over NHS, Brexit and economy

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Media captionCorbyn: “NHS income is being siphoned off”

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed over a NHS, Brexit and caring during a final Prime Minister’s Questions before a ubiquitous election.

The Labour personality pronounced electorate had a “once in a generation” possibility to save a NHS, that was in “greater danger” than during any time in a history.

He pronounced electorate had a possibility to behind “real change” and an finish to austerity.

But a PM warned of “economic catastrophe” and “political disaster” if Labour got into power.

Political parties are readying themselves for a ubiquitous choosing discuss after MPs voted for a 12 Dec poll.

The legislation approved by MPs on Tuesday has begun a thoroughfare by a House of Lords, where it is not approaching to be opposed.

And a electoral authorities have set a deadline of a finish of Tuesday 26 Nov for people to register to vote. The cut-off indicate to request for postal votes is a same day, though during 17:00 GMT.

In their final confront in Parliament before a election, a dual leaders exchanged barbs over their domestic values and doubtful their parties’ particular annals on a NHS.

Final Commons clash, for now

The Labour personality indicted a PM – who he has challenged to a one-on-one TV discuss – of using down a health service, observant cuts to appropriation had contributed to rising watchful times for cancer diagnosis and operations.

He pronounced a Labour supervision would retreat what he pronounced was a flourishing privatisation of a NHS, observant it existed to “make people better, not make a rich few richer”.

Media captionThe SNP’s Ian Blackford says a PM is “willing to chuck Scotland underneath his large red bus”

“The choice during this choosing can't be clearer,” he said.

“People have a choice to opinion for genuine change after years of Conservative and Lib Dem cuts, privatisation and taxation handouts for a richest.”

Mr Johnson pronounced he concluded electorate faced a “stark choice” between a supervision spending “unrivalled” sums on a NHS and a Labour celebration that would “wreck a economy”.

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Dismissing a Labour personality as an “Islingtonian protester” rather than a genuine leader, he pronounced Mr Corbyn’s “flip-flopping” over Brexit would lead to some-more years of “toxic, tedious, torpor”.

While 2020 would be a “wonderful year” underneath a Tory government, he pronounced electing Jeremy Corbyn would outcome in serve referendums on Europe and Scottish independence.

Media captionKen Clarke: Post-Brexit giveaway trade agreement is a ‘very vague’

“That is a future. Drift and dither underneath a Labour Party or holding a nation brazen to a brighter destiny underneath a Conservatives. That is a choice a nation faces.”

The choosing comes after a EU extended a UK’s exit deadline to 31 Jan 2020 – nonetheless Brexit can occur progressing if a understanding is concluded by MPs.

What happens next?

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  • The Early Parliamentary General Election Bill – that prompts a choosing – will be debated in a House of Lords on Wednesday
  • If peers make any amendments to a bill, it will conduct behind to a Commons for MPs to approve or reject a changes
  • Once passed, a check will accept Royal Assent – when a Queen rigourously agrees to a check apropos law
  • On Monday 4 November, MPs are due to elect a new Speaker to reinstate John Bercow
  • Just after midnight on Wednesday 6 November, Parliament will be close down or “dissolved” – definition any chair in a House of Commons becomes empty
  • Five weeks later, a nation will go to a polls for a initial Dec choosing given 1923

The legislation authorized by MPs now contingency be rubberstamped by a House of Lords.

It would be flattering bizarre if unelected peers adult a mezzanine from a immature benches motionless to contend no or chuck spanners in a works of a preference done by a House of Commons final night.

Unless something really bizarre happens, we are now on for an election.

Both sides are very, really shaken about what competence unfold. And both sides are right to be nervous.

The dual categorical celebration leaders, in a bizarre kind of counterpart of any other, are happy campaigners, though divisive characters.

Both of them will try to set a agenda, though they can’t know where this will all take us.

They can’t know if it will be their issues they’re means to speak about during length, though that’s a excellence of elections – it’s adult to electorate to set a terms.

They confirm a things they caring about, they are meddlesome in and they will put politicians on a mark about.

Opening skirmishes

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The Lib Dems contend they will quarrel their many desirous choosing discuss ever

Speaking outward Parliament, Lib Dem personality Jo Swinson pronounced her celebration was “on a up” and had a incomparable fight chest during a ordering than ever before going into an election.

“Make no mistake, we mount prepared to take on Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn as a claimant to be primary minister,” she said.

“We have a confidant prophesy to stop Brexit and build a better, brighter destiny for a country.”

For a Scottish National Party, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pronounced an choosing was an opportunity for a nation to reason another autonomy referendum.

“A win for a SNP will be an undeniable and overwhelming direct for Scotland’s right to select a possess future,” she said.

But a Scottish Conservatives claimed voting for their celebration would keep Scotland in a UK.

Brexit Party personality Nigel Farage welcomed a election, tweeting a deadlock had been “broken” and “Brexit now has a possibility to succeed”.

Meanwhile, an try by Boris Johnson to combine his celebration by re-admitting 10 Tory Brexit rebels has been strike by a quarrel over a party’s refusal to give a whip back to Amber Rudd – a former home secretary who has pronounced she is station down as an MP.

Electoral pacts and coalitions

The smaller parties are already articulate about distinguished deals with any other, that could see possibilities station aside in areas where their Remain-supporting rivals have a improved possibility of winning.

Ms Swinson pronounced there were a “small series of seats” where “arrangements” could be struck with other parties to give an anti-Brexit claimant a best possibility of winning.

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley told BBC Breakfast it was “no secret” that a Greens were “talking to a Lib Dems and Plaid” though “nothing has been finalised”.

Media captionIt’s been will they or won’t they for weeks, so how did they strech an agreement?

He pronounced a ideas was to get “a large retard of MPs in Parliament who wish a people’s vote, wish to sojourn in a EU since they consider it’s best for a UK to do that”.

Plaid personality Adam Price pronounced his celebration was “open to operative with others to secure a European future”.

Details of that possibilities are station and where will be published during 17:00 GMT on 14 Nov – as will information about a plcae of polling stations.

The celebration leaders are also confronting questions about either they would form a coalition, if a choosing resulted in another hung Parliament.

Asked if she would join army with Labour or a Conservatives, Jo Swinson said: “I can’t be clearer – conjunction Boris Johnson nor Jeremy Corbyn is fit to be primary minister.”

Labour’s John McDonnell told BBC Breakfast: “There will be no deals, no coalition. We will go in as a infancy government. If we don’t win an altogether majority, we will have a minority government.”

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