Don’t let Labour sleep­walk us to Brexit dis­as­ter, warns Theresa

Daily Mail - - Election 2017 - By John Stevens Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

‘This no time for weak govern­ment’

THERESA May yes­ter­day warned that Jeremy Cor­byn’s ‘ half-baked’ Brexit plans and lack of lead­er­ship would leave him ‘ alone and naked’ in the Brus­sels ne­go­ti­at­ing cham­ber.

In her most stri­dent at­tack yet, the Prime Min­is­ter said there was a ‘very real danger’ of Bri­tain ‘sleep­walk­ing’ into a Brexit dis­as­ter un­der the Labour leader.

‘I am pre­pared. I’m ready to go. Jeremy Cor­byn is not,’ she said.

Dur­ing the visit to Wolverhampton, Mrs May warned that her Labour ri­val was ‘sim­ply not ready to govern and not pre­pared to lead’.

She added: ‘He’s not pre­pared to use the nu­clear de­ter­rent. He’s not pre­pared to take ac­tion against ter­ror­ists. He’s not pre­pared to give the police the pow­ers they need to keep us safe.

‘He’s not pre­pared to take a sin­gle dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for the good of our econ­omy. He’s not pre­pared to an­swer ques­tions about his long track record of sup­port­ing peo­ple who want to harm – and even at­tack – our coun­try. And – with the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions due to be­gin only 11 days af­ter polling day – he is not pre­pared for those ne­go­ti­a­tions.’

Mrs May said Mon­day’s tele­vi­sion de­bate ‘showed that Jeremy Cor­byn’s min­ders can put him in a smart blue suit for an in­ter­view with Jeremy Pax­man, but with his po­si­tion on Brexit, he will find him­self alone and naked in the ne­go­ti­at­ing cham­ber with the EU’.

She added: ‘If you don’t vote at this elec­tion – and if you don’t vote for me in this elec­tion – you risk sleep­walk­ing into the very real danger that Jeremy Cor­byn will find him­self in the hot seat, in the ne­go­ti­at­ing chair, on your be­half.’ Mrs May said Mr Cor­byn had ‘lurched chaot­i­cally from half-baked plan to half­baked plan’ since the Brexit ref­er­en­dum. ‘The truth is that Jeremy Cor­byn has no plan for Brexit at all and when you think about it, that is in­cred­i­ble, be­cause the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions will be­gin just 11 days af­ter the elec­tion,’ she added.

‘There will be no time to waste. No way of stalling. No way of ask­ing Europe to hang on while we fig­ure out what we want to do.

‘The Euro­peans are ready to go, and are de­ter­mined to fight for a deal that works for them. This is no time for a weak govern­ment and a weak leader to be mak­ing it up as they go along.’ Mrs May ar­gued that Mr Cor­byn had ‘shown poor judg­ment and weak lead­er­ship through­out the process so far. On the day the ref­er­en­dum re­sult was de­clared, Jeremy Cor­byn thought we should trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 straight away,’ she added. ‘That reck­less mis­judg­ment would have im­me­di­ately handed the Euro­peans the ad­van­tage in the ne­go­ti­a­tions and se­ri­ously cur­tailed the time we had to for­mu­late our own ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion and ob­jec­tives. It would have cost our coun­try dear.

‘And let’s re­mem­ber that, while my team and I have put in the work to de­velop a co­her­ent plan over the last ten months, he has had seven dif­fer­ent Brexit plans in nine months – none of which added up to a co­her­ent vi­sion for our coun­try.’

Mrs May de­fended her man­i­festo in an in­ter­view with Chan­nel 5 News. She said: ‘I think it’s right that a govern­ment doesn’t just open the sweetie tin for peo­ple, but ac­tu­ally says there are some hard choices, some chal­lenges ahead, which we need to ad­dress.’

At­tack: Mrs May in Wolverhampton yes­ter­day

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