Theresa May claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wasn't ready to be Prime Minister
The Prime Minister claimed Jeremy Corbyn would find himself “alone and naked” in crucial Brexit talks starting just days after the General Election because he is not ready.
In her most ferocious assault yet on her Labour opponent, she pleaded with voters not to “sleepwalk” into giving him the keys to No 10 as head of a chaotic minority government propped up by anti-Brexit parties.
She used a speech in Wolverhampton to steer the agenda back to Brexit – the issue in which she is trusted far more by voters than Mr Corbyn.
The Tories hope focusing relentlessly on Brexit for the rest of the campaign will drown out the unpopularity and confusion of their own elderly care funding plans and put Labour’s opinion poll gains into reverse.
An ICM poll of 2,002 people yesterday had the Tories down two points since last week on 45 per cent and Labour unchanged on 33 per cent.
ICM director Martin Boon said the fact that the Tory lead was larger in his survey than in some others could be because he assumes leftleaning younger voters are less likely to vote.
The PM said Monday’s grilling of Mr Corbyn on TV had shown “he’s simply not ready to govern and not prepared to lead”.
Theresa claimed Jeremy would find himself 'alone and naked' in crucial Brexit talks
He’s simply not ready to govern and not prepared to lead.
He was not prepared to use the nuclear deterrent, tackle terrorists, give police powers, take difficult decisions or answer questions about his history of supporting dangerous groups such as the IRA, she said.
She added: “And, with the Brexit negotiations due to begin only 11 days after polling day, he is not prepared for those negotiations.
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“But I am prepared. I’m ready to go. Jeremy Corbyn is not. “Only one of us has the determination to deliver the will of the people and make Brexit happen – and only one of us has the plan to make Brexit a success.”
Seemingly evoking Labour hero Nye Bevan’s plea to colleagues – in a row over the nuclear deterrent – not to send a British foreign secretary “naked into the conference chamber”, she said Monday’s TV programme showed: “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 joked: “Now I know that’s an image that doesn’t bear thinking about… but actually this is very serious.
Britain is about to enter into the most important negotiations of my lifetime.
Theresa May insisted she was the only one of the pair that was ready to make Brexit a success
“They begin just 11 days after polling day and the EU is already adopting an aggressive negotiating position.
That’s why, now more than ever, Britain needs a strong Government and a strong Prime Minister capable of standing up to Brussels.
“Every vote for me in this election will, if I’m returned as PM, strengthen my hand in the negotiations but 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.
“I only have to lose six seats in this election for that to happen and the consequences for Britain, if that did happen, would be dire.”
Warning against a “coalition of chaos” led by Mr Corbyn backed the pro-EU Lib Dems and the Scottish National Party, Mrs May urged: “Don’t let them steal your votes in last year’s referendum. Don’t let them make a mess of these negotiations. Don’t sleepwalk into that danger.” Her approach was “clear and credible”.
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She said: Jeremy Corbyn has no plan for Brexit at all and while my team and I have put in the work to develop a coherent plan over the last 10 months, Jeremy Corbyn has lurched chaotically from half-baked plan to half-baked plan. The Prime Minister has to be prepared.
I’m prepared. Nobody else is.” Mr Corbyn would get “the worst deal for Britain at the highest possible price” and hand control over Britain’s money, borders and laws “straight back to Brussels”, because he refused to accept her view that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. She said: “And as always with Jeremy Corbyn and Labour, the shambles and responsibility would be theirs but the consequences and the bill would be ours.”