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Brexit dominates as May election lead narrows

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 01:48

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would walk away from divorce talks with the European Union without a deal if she had to, but her rival in next week's election, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, said he would make sure an agreement was reached if he won power. Ivor Bennett reports on how the two campaigns are fairing as May's lead continues to narrow.

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She said she called the election to get a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations. No wonder then, as the polls continue to narrow, Theresa May is reminding voters what's at stake. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY SAYING: "We want to build a special, as I said, that deep and special partnership with the European Union that remains, because we're leaving the EU but we're not leaving Europe. And we will continue to co-operate on issues like security and defence because that's important for us all." The comments were a response to Angela Merkel's recent suggestion the EU could no longer rely on Britain. Also perhaps, to allay any concerns following a live televised interview barely 12 hours earlier, in which the Prime Minister reiterated, no less than five times, that no deal would be better than a bad one. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY SAYING: "We will be there to negotiate the right deal but what I have said is no deal is better than a bad deal...we have to be prepared to walk out." Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's stance couldn't be more different. Saying, in the same event, that if he won power, he'd make sure an agreement would be reached. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UK LABOUR PARTY LEADER JEREMY CORBYN SAYING: "There is going to be a deal." Interviewer: "There is going to be a deal. Would you leave Europe without a deal?" "We will make sure there is a deal." Corbyn was trailing by as much as 18 points two weeks ago. But one poll published on Tuesday morning cut that to just 6. SOUNDBITE (English) JUSTIN URQUHART STEWART, HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, SEVEN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, SAYING: "The more that there's a weakness in poll leads then you'll see a weakness also potentially in sterling. And so that that's not what the market actually wants to see. They want to see a clear sensible clear victory for a majority for a government to be able to enact its policies." For whoever wins, Brexit is likely to be first on the agenda. Talks with Brussels begin just 11 days after the election.

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Brexit dominates as May election lead narrows

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 01:48