ITV has withdrawn the plans for a Brexit debate on Sunday night, meaning that there is hardly a match between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May on television before a decisive vote next week.
In one of the most despicable and desperate stories of the Brexit trial, the station abandoned its planned debate over the Prime Minister's withdrawal, even though Downing Street had negotiated behind-the-scenes for two weeks in its proposed head-to-head format.
Earlier this week, the BBC announced that it was continuing its rival campaign to host the debate after being angered by Jeremy Corbyn's team, which was unwilling to allow representatives of smaller parties and proponents of a second referendum to attend a panel ,
Both the Conservatives and the Labor Party accuse each other of failing to agree on the principles. At one point, the impasse meant that two rival debates by the ITV and the BBC were scheduled for the same period of time, without knowing if either leader would turn up. In the end all offers of May and Corbyn collapsed.
Instead, Channel 4 will press ahead with its previously announced plans to host an "alternative Brexit debate" with other politicians.
The legend began almost two weeks ago when May challenged Corbyn to direct discussion on television. Perhaps unexpectedly, Labor quickly agreed, causing the BBC, ITV, and Sky News to ask each other for the right to hold the debate.
Labor quickly sat down for the ITV format, which was moderated on Sunday at 19.00 by Julie Etchingham without a studio audience. Instead, he focused on the two leaders, who, in the party's view, could give Corbyn the opportunity to criticize the prime minister on issues such as Brexit's rigor. It would have replaced a celebrity special edition of The Chase.
The Conservatives favored the BBC offer, which would have replaced a series in the Dynasties series by David Attenborough. It would have included a panel of eight politicians and experts representing smaller political parties and alternative views, allowing the BBC to live up to its obligation to represent smaller votes. Downing Street felt it would demonstrate its strengths by possibly allowing it to be divided on the deal.
The real victims could instead be those who looked forward to seeing Home Alone on Channel 4 this Sunday night. The classic Christmas film has to be cleared to make room for a debate at 7 pm between "four high-ranking politicians" who represent "the main departments in the lower house". These include a supporter of Theresa May, a supporter of a softer Brexit, a supporter of a tougher Brexit and a supporter of a second referendum.
Sky News has previously stated that chaos has justified its call for an independent debating commission to organize such programs in the future.
A Labor Party spokesman accused Downing Street of failing to agree with the leaders' debate: "Theresa May is once again afraid to debate Jeremy Corbyn, just as she did in the parliamentary elections. Jeremy Corbyn immediately accepted the Prime Minister's offer of a Brexit debate. He said he would have the opportunity to discuss them, and that remains the case.
"Labor believed that ITV's direct offer was the most direct format. A head-to-head approach would give viewers maximum clarity and allow the two speakers to go into detail.
"The prime minister has refused to join Jeremy in a direct debate. Her team tried to confuse people with a nested format. But the British public will see it the way it is – Theresa May can not really face a scrutiny of her crumbling deal. "
One broadcast source suggested that Downing Street may have thwarted the debate after a protracted public discussion of the format led by Number 10 Communications chief Robbie Gibb.
The source suggested May and her chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, as the House of Commons vote approached.