Theresa May: Jeremy Corbyn not ready for Brexit talks
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 14:24
In a speech on Tuesday in Wolverhampton in central England, home to one of the Conservatives' target seats, the prime minister sought to pivot the debate back to Brexit.
To raucous laughter from supporters, she added: "Now, I know that's an image that doesn't bear thinking about, but actually this is very serious".
"He is not prepared to take a single hard decision for the good of our economy". Unlike at events in the early days of the campaign, the bright blue backdrop to May's speech prominently included her party's name, urging voters to back "Theresa May and the Conservatives". "Prepared to do what is necessary to protect and defend our country".
The Labour leader was in Scotland's biggest city on Sunday evening with two weeks to go until voters in the United Kingdom go to the polls, and he urged hundreds of activists to make the most of the "ten days left to achieve our hopes and dreams".
When asked whether he would contemplate a scenario where Britain failed to strike an arrangement with the rest of the bloc, Jeremy Corbyn said: "There's going to be a deal".
On Tuesday, May repeated her Brexit negotiating goals, including withdrawing Britain from Europe's single market in order to control immigration from the continent, and ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. "I am prepared; I am ready to go".
She described Brexit as the one fundamental, defining issue of the election, and claimed the Labour leader had "lurched chaotically from half-baked plan to half-baked plan", with seven different Brexit plans in nine months.
The prime minister called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party.
Corbyn previously told BuzzFeed News he would continue in his role even if he lost the election but later denied saying that, adding: "I told them I would carry on as leader because we'll have won the election by then".
May said that while she was ready for negotiations set to start 11 days after the June 8 vote, the Labour leader would "find himself alone and naked in the negotiating chamber of the European Union".
Mrs May said she would be ready "from day one" to work on a new "deep and special relationship" with the European Union, a contrast to Mr Corbyn, who she said had "no plan for Brexit".