X Factor boss Simon Cowell in talks with ITV to hold Brexit debate with business leaders and 500 members of the public… but no politicians
-Syco Entertainment said the audience would be representative of the public
-It follows an agreement by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to go head-to-head
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Simon Cowell is in talks with ITV to hold a Brexit debate featuring business leaders and 500 members of the public – but no politicians.
A source close to Cowell’s TV production company Syco Entertainment said the audience would be representative of the result of the 2016 referendum.
It is understood that the audience would be representative of the result of the 2016 referendum.
Jeremy Corbyn has said he is willing to to take part on in a TV Brexit debate with Theresa May on the BBC, provided it is just the two leaders going head-to-head.
The Prime Minister’s team signalled last week that they favoured a BBC proposal for televised showdown on Sunday December 9 – two days before the crucial Commons vote.
Under plan the leaders would take question from a panel, including commentators and politicians, as well as debating each other.
However the Labour leader has said he prefers a rival ITV proposal involving a simple one-on-one format.
In a tweet, Mr Corbyn said: “Theresa May said she wanted a head to head debate with me on her botched Brexit deal and I am ready to do that.
“ITV have a straightforward plan. If she and her team prefer BBC, she should join me in asking them to arrange an actual head-to-head debate.”
In a statement, the BBC said: “Our proposal is to broadcast a programme which includes both a head-to-head debate between the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition and also an opportunity to hear from a wider range of voices.
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