Jeremy Corbyn set for EU interrogation - just before England clash

Written by Josh May on 8 June 2016 in Diary

Programme will be broadcast on the Sky News channel on June 20.

Jeremy Corbyn will take part in a live televised Q&A with voters just three days before the European Union referendum.

A studio audience consisting of a “representative selection of young people” will quiz the Labour leader on 20 June. The programme will be broadcast at 6pm on the Sky News channel, and finish before the England v Slovakia Euro 2016 match, which kicks off at 8pm. It has been billed as Corbyn’s only live set-piece event of the referendum campaign.

The former arch eurosceptic has been accused by some Labour MPs of not campaigning hard enough for a Remain vote. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall also recently attacked Corbyn for failing to "fully commit" to the Labour campaign for remain.

John Ryley, the head of Sky News, said: “After the success of our programmes featuring David Cameron and Michael Gove at the start of the campaign, we are delighted that Jeremy Corbyn will take part in a Sky News event on June 20th. 

“We believe these programmes play an important role in scrutinising the arguments of both the Remain and the Leave campaigns.”

Cameron and Gove took part in separate town hall-style Q&As and interviews on Sky last week.

The prime minister also appeared on the same ITV programme as Ukip’s Nigel Farage yesterday to be questioned by the same audience.

ITV will host the first major live head-to-head debate tomorrow, which will feature the Leave campaign’s Boris Johnson, Andrea Leadsom and Gisela Stuart go up against Remain’s Angela Eagle, Amber Rudd and Nicola Sturgeon.

The BBC has a number of special broadcasts planned for the last two weeks of the campaign, including a major debate at Wembley Arena on 21 June. 


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