Theresa May has been described as an “isolated beleaguered Prime Minister” by Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen.
This comes as Jeremy Corbyn pulled out of the Brexit negotiations with Mrs May’s government on Friday morning, saying that "we have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us".
Mr Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, told talkRADIO’s Julia Bradbury: “It was an open secret in Westminster that Labour would want to bail out of the talks with the Prime Minister prior to the European elections for political reasons.”
He added: “We have got an increasingly isolated beleaguered Prime Minister who is desperate to salvage something from her premiership. She is willing to give legitimacy to someone who should never be allowed to be in power – Jeremy Corbyn – and incorporate whatever he wants into her agreement.”
The Brexit negotiations between Labour and the government were described as “a lot of political posturing” by Mr Bridgen.
“It was impossible for Jeremy Corbyn not to engage in the discussions,” he added.
“It was a chance of a lifetime to walk into Number 10 and I think Theresa May has given him a level of statesmanship that he did not deserve.
“He is someone who she has spent the last three years saying he is not fit to be in Number 10.”
When asked about who should replace Mrs May as Conservative leader, the backbench MP said he would not “commit to a candidate”.
“What I will say is that it has got to be a Brexiteer,” he said. “It is going to have to be someone who can persuade me that they are willing to leave without a deal because they are going to have persuade the EU that we are willing to leave without a deal.”
He added: “If Boris is willing to commit and persuade me that he is willing to leave without a deal, he has the attributes to make a good Prime Minister.”