CHARLOTTE DAVIS, EXPRESS|AIWA! NO!|Prime Minister Theresa May’s “political death” already took place following the release of her deal with Brussels; Michael Portillo
FORMER Tory minister Michael Portillo has said the European Union made a “strategic error” in Brexit talks by forcing Britain to make a “humiliating surrender”.
Mr Portillo said the European Union “humiliated” Britain in its Withdrawal Agreement which has been ridiculed by both Brexiteer and Remainer politicians.
Speaking on BBC This Week, Mr Portillo said: “I think the European Union has made a strategic error, short of marching Mrs May into a railway carriage in Compiègne Forest, they could not have produced a more humiliating surrender.
“And all of history tells us that when you humiliate countries with a surrender, it doesn’t go well thereafter.”
Mr Portillo also said Prime Minister Theresa May’s “political death” already took place following the release of her deal with Brussels.
He said: “I thought the Prime Minister was incredibly dignified in the House of Commons for three hours. One Member of Parliament after another got up and paid tribute to her resilience.
“It reminded me of the last time that Margaret Thatcher appeared in the House of Commons. When you are very near the end, the House becomes very charitable to you.
“I felt it was almost as though the Prime Minister’s political death had already occurred that. To me, it seemed there was that atmosphere in the House.”
The Government published the 585-page Brexit withdrawal agreement and seven-page future relationship declaration on Wednesday and have since faced an array of government resignations.
The draft deal reveals that in July 2020, both the EU and UK will hold a joint review of the position before making one of three choices: deciding a trade deal supersedes the need for the backstop, a limited extension to the transition period or trigger the Irish border backstop.
Brexiteers are likely to be left infuriated by the lack of an independent review clause, which will allow the UK to unilaterally quit the backstop.
The backstop will only able to be ended “jointly” by both sides and will apply until that moment is reached.
The Prime Minister told a press conference on Thursday that she believes “with every fibre of my being” the path she “set out is the right one for our country”.
But rumours have continued to swirl in Westminster that the tally of Conservative MPs who have submitted letters of no confidence in Mrs May is about to reach the 48 threshold needed to trigger a vote on her position.
MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg have called on other Eurosceptic MPs to join in ousting the Prime Minister