Lord Adonis: Theresa May ‘behaved like an ostrich’

Lord Adonis: Theresa May ‘behaved like an ostrich’

Lord Adonis has accused Theresa May of behaving 'like an ostrich' and putting 'her head in the sand'. Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lord Andrew Adonis has accused the prime minister of behaving “like an ostrich” after the significant defeat on her Brexit deal in January, suggesting that she "put her head in the sand".

He told talkRADIO’s James Whale: “I had not realised that Parliament would be paralysed month after month.

 

 

“Parliament has been paralysed since December when Theresa May agreed her deal, which has lost her support on both sides.

“She did conduct a vote in January, which she lost by 230 votes, but instead of trying to find a way through she behaved like an ostrich - she put her head in the sand.”

 

'Heading towards a no-deal Brexit' 

Lord Adonis also said renegotiating the backstop on the Northern Irish border was “impossible”, despite Theresa May’s attempts to reopen negotiations with the EU. 

“She announced she was going to renegotiate her deal with the Irish backstop, which is impossible to negotiate because no one is prepared to sacrifice Ireland for the price of Brexit,” he said.

He also suggested the “paralysis” of Parliament would continue if Mrs May was not “prepared to be a leader”.

 

 

“We are heading towards a no-deal Brexit at the end of March. What I think will have to be done to avoid that is an extension of Article 50,” he said.

“We would just continue as we are in this paralysed state but we are at least not leaving the EU at the end of March.”

He added: “The paralysis could continue for some months longer if Theresa May is not prepared to be a leader.”