Theresa May has just finished giving a speech in Wolverhampton. The speech was largely about Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn's supposed inability to negotiate a Brexit deal.
In the speech she explained why she thought people voted to leave the EU:
Since the first day I stepped through the door of No 10 as prime minister, I have been clear that the mission of the government I lead is not just to get the best possible deal for Britain in Europe, but to take this opportunity to shift the balance of Britain in favour of ordinary working people.
To fight for all those for whom life is more difficult than many seem to think or realise. Those who are just about managing to get by. People who are working around the clock and giving of their best, but for whom life is still too often a struggle.
They do not ask for much. They just want to get on with their lives and to be able to do their best for their children. Above all, they just want to be given a fair chance.
Because for too long – for too many people – life has not seemed fair.
The Prime Minister also paraphrased Labour great Nye Bevan, claiming that Corbyn would be 'alone and naked' in the negotiating chamber without the skills he would need. She said:
Last night 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 of the European Union.
Now, I know that’s an image that doesn’t bear thinking about, but actually this is very serious.
The Prime Minister also explained why Brexit is so important, saying:
Our place in the world, our economic security, the vital public services upon which we all rely, our future prosperity – everything depends on, and will be defined by, the outcome of these next five years.
If we don’t get them right, everything else we want to do in this country will be that much harder to achieve.
If we don’t make a success of the next five years, our economic prosperity will suffer, jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk, and with them the security and peace of mind of working families.
If we don’t make a success of Brexit, we won’t have the financial means to fund the public services upon which we all rely.
Our National Health Service – the institution which is there for us at the most difficult times – needs us to make a success of Brexit to ensure we can afford to provide it with the resources it needs for the future.
Every school in every village, town and city needs us to make a success of Brexit.
If we want to continue to provide a sustainable welfare system, with help targeted at those who need it most – we need to make a success of Brexit.
If we want to go on investing in transport infrastructure – our roads and bridges and railways – we need to make a success of Brexit.
If we want to continue to play our part on the world stage, standing up for our liberal values, with strong defences to protect us – we need to make a success of Brexit.
Everything depends on getting Brexit right.
Theresa May and her team have been accused by some of 'not knowing what they're doing', and the Brexit Secretary David Davis seems not to know the economic impact of a hard Brexit. She has also been accused of making the UK a 'laughing stock across Europe' through her rhetoric.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS