Umunna – May’s speech is crude electioneering that will make a good deal less likely

Commenting on Theresa May’s speech in Downing Street this afternoon, in which she accused the EU of interfering in the general election, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“This is straightforward, crude electioneering by the Prime Minister, putting the Tory Party’s interests before the national interest. By picking a needless fight with our European partners in this way, the Prime Minister is making a good deal with Brussels less likely, and a chaotic Brexit with no agreement at all more likely. 

“Having given up the best future for Britain – membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union – she now says she wants a deal that gives us the ‘exact same benefits’. But this will be tougher to achieve when the Prime Minister is at loggerheads with her EU counterparts, putting UK jobs and livelihoods at risk. She thinks this is a sign of strength, but all it does is expose her weaknesses.

“She accuses others of threats, but it is the Prime Minister who has threatened to adopt a different economic model for the UK – junking British peoples’ rights at work, turning Britain into Europe’s sweatshop, dishing out tax breaks to the super rich and multinationals – if she fails in these negotiations.

“In this election, it is crucial that voters do not give Theresa May a blank cheque for a destructive, chaotic Brexit that would put jobs at risk. This is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook; not what we expect from a British Prime Minister.”