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Johnson, Corbyn clash in final debate before UK election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed Friday night in the last head-to-head debate before a general election in six days - an underpowered showdown that saw both men stick to well-worn phrases and promises about their plans for Brexit and Britain s future. Johnson, a Conservative who supports Britain s exit from the European Union, tried to portray Corbyn as a waffler with no firm Brexit stance who would plunge the U.K. into more uncertainty. Corbyn reminded viewers about the Conservative government s spending cuts, and claimed Johnson was bent on striking a trade deal with the United States that might harm Britain s interests. Each questioned the other s character. Johnson accused Corbyn of a failure of leadership for failing to stamp out anti-Semitism in his party. Corbyn retorted that a failure of leadership is when you use racist remarks, as Johnson has done in newspapers and magazines. BBC moderator Nick Robinson ...

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