Nick Clegg has said Theresa May has 'lost the plot'
The former Liberal Democrats leader accused the PM of ignoring the UK’s only real European Union allies in order to cosy up to US president Donald Trump and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
She was invited to speak at the Irish Dail about Brexit – an important request which would have seen her become just the second British leader ever to address the parliament.
Mr Clegg said the snub showed she had lost control of the Brexit process, which his party are still refusing to accept despite 17.5 million votes securing a Leave victory last summer.
The Remain campaigner tweeted today: “So, PM rushes to be photographed with Trump and Erdogan but won’t find time to speak to Irish Dail. Has No.10 completely lost the plot?”
Has No.10 completely lost the plot?
Others have accused Mrs May of complacency by upsetting politicians in Ireland – one of the UK's few real allies in the EU due to the long-standing economic and social links.
Irish leader Enda Kenny confirmed it was unlikely the PM would accept the invitation earlier this week, which was due to take place during her one-day trip to the country later this month.
The Taoiseach said: “My understanding is that the Prime Minister's schedule will not allow that to happen and I am not in control of that schedule.
Theresa May was invited to speak at the Irish Dail about Brexit
"Obviously, when details are absolutely finalised, we will be aware of those.
"My understanding is that the visit was to come to Government Buildings to have a Taoiseach to Prime Minister discussion, and to follow that with a particular set of issues.
"It is around this that the visit will take place."
Irish leader Enda Kenny confirmed it was unlikely the PM would accept the invitation
Politicians within Ireland also expressed disappointment at the snub.
The Irish Green Party said they were “disappointed PM Theresa May will not use the opportunity of her visit to Dublin to address the Dail.”
Politicians in Ireland are becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of clarity regarding Mrs May’s plan for the Northern Ireland border.
While the PM promised to avoid a return to the hard borders seen during the Troubles, the lack of plan for what will become the only land border between the EU and the UK is causing concern.