Bernard Jenkin MP: ‘The problem is the Prime Minister has hitched herself to the wrong policy’

Bernard Jenkin MP: ‘The problem is the Prime Minister has hitched herself to the wrong policy’

Friday, September 28, 2018

Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin has said the Prime Minister Theresa May has “hitched herself to the wrong policy”, but that he would not “underestimate her”.

Mr Jenkin, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer:

“There have been briefings out of Number 10 that she is not intending to fight the next General Election though personally I would never underestimate her.

“The problem for the Prime Minister is that she has hitched herself to the wrong policy.

“At the end of a process of negotiation that has been very weakly conducted on the basis that the Treasury and the Government has never really accepted that we are going to leave the European Union.

“They are trying to negotiate a deal where you don’t really leave because they are so scared of leaving.

“We know the Project Fear campaign fell on deaf ears during the referendum but they seem to have swallowed it themselves.”


‘Sorry, no cherries’

This comes after Mrs May’s Chequers plan was rejected by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who said her plan “will not work”.

He also took to Instagram last Thursday to mock the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans.

Donald Tusk posted a photo of himself and the Prime Minister sharing cakes on the photo sharing website, with the caption: "A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries".

The caption appears to be a reminder of the European Union's stance on May "cherry-picking" elements of the EU's single market in her Chequers plan.


‘It is absurd’

The Conservative MP said that it was “absurd” that people were trying to reverse the result of the EU referendum.

Mr Jenkin said: “Parliament has already passed the legislation that we are leaving on March 29.

“We either leave with an agreement or we leave without an agreement.

“There are various people saying they are going to try and reverse this – why did the House of Commons vote for it if they were then going to try and reverse it? It is absurd.”