PMQs verdict: Theresa May ignores financial forecasts

PUBLISHED: 13:24 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:29 28 November 2018

Prime minister Theresa May speaks during PMQs
Photo: PA

Prime minister Theresa May speaks during PMQs Photo: PA

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A Remainer who is pushing through Brexit versus a eurosceptic whose party desperately wants to stay in the EU – these are very strange times.

And Theresa May’s denial – even in the face of mounting gloomy financial forecasting – that Britain will be worse off after Brexit was Trumpian.

Hopefully if we do get a televised debate someone with some commonsense on Brexit will be allowed to tackle the prime minister on why we need a People’s Vote.

READ: Now even a Daily Mail poll backs a People’s Vote

But as it stands Jeremy Corbyn is tasked with opposing May’s Brexit. And he is woefully inadequate.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during PMQs
Photo: PALabour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during PMQs Photo: PA

Today at PMQs he picked at May’s deal from around the edges without landing any heavy blows.

It wasn’t all bad though. In one stand-out moment Corbyn raged: “This is the most shambolic government in living memory. And she is now asking parliament to vote on a 26-page wish list without even seeing the full legal advice.

“It is now clear that parliament will not back this plan. So isn’t it time for her to accept that reality and make way for an alternative plan that could work for the whole country?”

Fine words ... but do we trust him and his alternative plan? It would most likely still mean leaving the EU.

If Corbyn actually wants power he must pull the pin and lob a hand grenade marked ‘People’s Vote’ into the middle of this debate.

Perhaps the most telling moment of this tussle though was May’s response to Corbyn teasing her about the 20 ministers who have quit since she took over at the helm. Grinning she pointed out that he had suffered 100 resignations since he became Labour leader.

We can boil that little exchange down to “You are worse than me ...”, “No you are worse than me ...” Either way they are both rubbish.

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