Theresa May: Jeremy Corbyn would be alone and naked in Brexit negotiating chamber

Posted On: 
30th May 2017

Jeremy Corbyn will be left “alone and naked” if he finds himself negotiating Brexit after winning the election, Theresa May said today.

Theresa May tried to move the election campaign firmly back onto Brexit and leadership today
PA Images

The Prime Minister returned to savaging the Labour leader in a bid to get her election campaign back on track after the shambles over the Conservative social care plans.  

And she vowed to deliver a Brexit that tips "the balance of Britain in favour of ordinary working people" in an effort to target Labour voters.

Theresa May targets working class voters with Brexit vow

Angela Merkel tells Germans: We can no longer 'completely depend' on Brexit UK

Greens vow to 'hold Theresa May's feet to the fire' on Brexit

David Davis warns UK will quit talks if EU demands €100bn Brexit bill

During a speech in Wolverhampton Mrs May insisted she was the right person to lead Britain through the Brexit talks rather than a “weak government” led by Labour.

Last night she avoided attacking the Labour leader by name during a Sky News and Channel 4 TV event where both leaders were quizzed by members of the public and Jeremy Paxman.

But today she blasted: “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."

She added: “I know that’s an image that doesn’t bear thinking about. But actually this is very serious.”

The Prime Minister argued Mr Corbyn had no strategy for Brexit and had “lurched chaotically from half-baked plan to half-baked plan”.

She went on: “The Brexit negotiations will begin just 11 days after the election.

“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.”

Elsewhere Mrs May insisted her attacks on the Labour leader were not a sign of desperation, and she laughed off claims by her opponents that she had made Britain "ogres" in the eyes of Europe.


Mr Corbyn has pledged to get a good deal from Brussels and said he would implement policies that would “probably” see migration reduce. 

He said of the Brexit negotiations last night: "There is going to be a deal. We will make sure there is a deal.

"We won’t start the negotiations by megaphone diplomacy and threatening Europe with some sort of offshore tax haven on the shores of Europe. We will start those negotiations seriously.”