Priti Patel has said that the way the EU has treated Theresa May is “shameful” and that they had “humiliated our Prime Minister”.
Ms Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “My view from day one has been that she should have been firmer and more robust.
“Quite frankly, every time the EU ask for more we give them stuff and they bank it and they still ask for more.
“She should have told them to get lost some time ago.”
‘Why are we offering £39 billion?’
Ms Patel added: “Why are we offering them £39 billion when they are treating us in this really shameful way?
“I think today they have really been dreadful and they have humiliated our Prime Minister.
“Quite frankly, that is unacceptable. She should absolutely be firm with them and say enough is enough, ‘this is what we are going to offer, you either take it or you leave it’.
“Let’s not forget that she was quoted saying today that it is in their interest as well, something that Brexiteers, like myself, have been saying for a little while now.
“It is also in the EU’s interest to get a trade settlement because they do need access to our markets to sell their goods, and sometimes their services as well.”
'It will not work'
This comes as the Prime Minister faced opposition to her Chequers plan from Remainers and Brexiteers, as European Council President Donald Tusk said it “will not work”.
During a speech in Salzburg, where May met with EU leaders over dinner last night, he said that no Brexit agreement can be reached without a solution to the Irish border issues, and “while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, its suggested framework for economic cooperation will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market”.
May also addressed reporters, and said she agreed with Tusk that there could be no agreement without “a legally operative backstop [for Northern Ireland], but that backstop cannot divide the United Kingdom into two customs territories”.