Former minister Priti Patel has condemned Theresa May’s cross-party approach to Brexit for giving “stature and credibility” to Jeremy Corbyn.
In a video released on Sunday, Mrs May spoke of the need for a “new approach” to Brexit which would involve “compromise on both sides”.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Ms Patel said the Prime Minister was showing an “abdication of leadership”.
“She has chosen to give stature and credibility to perhaps one of the most dangerous men ever to lead a British political party,” the Eurosceptic MP said.
“I believe to govern is to choose but to choose to side with the Labour leader is to cast aside the wishes of 17 million people, which is not only an abdication of leadership but also opening the door to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.”
Ms Patel said she did not accept that the Prime Minister had been forced into her present situation by the intransigence of the European Research Group, which has steadfastly refused to back her deal.
She added: “There is an element of being incredibly disingenuous with the self-creation of this situation.
“What we are seeing now is that those who failed to take responsibility for her negotiations have effectively taken attention away from their own actions to blame others.”