Doughty – PM calling on EU to set aside ideology in pursuit of a Brexit deal is deepest level of irony

Theresa May will deliver a speech on Brexit and security in Munich tomorrow, in which she will urge the EU not to let ideology stand in the way of forming a unique new security partnership.

She will also say “this cannot be a time when any of us allow competition between partners, rigid institutional restrictions or deep-seated ideology to inhibit our co-operation and jeopardise the security of our citizens.”

Open Britain’s background briefing on Theresa May’s Munich speech is included in notes to editors.  


Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, member of the Home Affairs Select Committee and leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It’s hard to imagine a deeper level of irony than this Prime Minister telling the EU not to let ideology get in the way of striking a deal. The Brexit negotiations are a total mess precisely because she’s allowed herself to become bogged down in the ideological fever-swamps of the most Eurosceptic wing of her own party.

“Her reckless threat to use security co-operation as a way of trying to blackmail the EU into giving her a deal will only poison the negotiating well yet further. It also totally undermines her statement that the UK is committed to European security ‘unconditionally’.

“No-one voted in the referendum to weaken our security or hurt our ability fight crime and terrorism. Given this, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether Brexit is the right path for the country.”