By Jane Merrick
Theresa May’s attendance at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday was supposed to be the final appearance of a British Prime Minister in the European club before Brexit took place next week.
“You, the public, have had enough. You are tired of the infighting, tired of the political games and the arcane procedural rows, tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit when you have real concerns about our children’s schools, our National Health Service, knife crime,” she said.
“You want this stage of the Brexit process to be over and done with … So far parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice … You just want us to get on with it and that is what I am determined to do.”
Lisa Nandy, an opposition Labour lawmaker who was understood to have been on the verge of backing May’s deal, tweeted: “The Prime Minister’s statement was disgraceful. Pitting Parliament against the people in the current environment is dangerous and reckless … she’s attacking the MPs whose votes she needs. It will have cost her support.”
Nandy later said on ITV’s Peston show: “There’s absolutely no chance she is going to win over MPs in sufficient numbers after that statement. It was an attack on liberal democracy itself … I will not support a government that takes such a reckless approach.”
“I’ve thought long and hard before saying this, but (May) knows that MPs across the House are subjected to death threats — some very credible,” he wrote on Twitter. “Her speech was incendiary and irresponsible. If any harm comes to any of us, she will have to accept her share of responsibility.”