Polls close in:

General Election 2024

Find out how to vote tactically

Take me to GetVoting

Brexit ignored in first Election debate

During the hour long ITV leaders debate, Brexit was not mentioned a single time by either leader. 

Last night Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer went head-to-head for the first time in this General Election campaign, as both leaders tried to convince the public why they deserve the top job.

The ITV debate focused on key issues facing the country such as the NHS, the cost of living crisis, immigration, and the conflict in Gaza, and how the UK’s relationship with Donald Trump - now a convicted felon - will play out if he wins a second term. 

However, campaigners have criticised that Brexit was not mentioned once during the debate, despite the fact it is estimated to be costing the UK economy £100bn per year.

Naomi Smith, CEO of Best for Britain and founder of tactical voting website, GetVoting.org said,

“Brexit has made the cost of living crisis worse, increased labour shortages in the NHS and strained our international relations, so to talk for over an hour on the sorry state of all three without even mentioning it is at best dishonest and at worst deceitful.

“People, politicians and the press are understandably sick of talking about it, but we must break the Brexit omertà because no future Government can meet the serious challenges facing Britain if they continue to ignore the immense damage Brexit continues to cause.”