Euro MP Alex Mayer today told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that Theresa May is “living in cloud cuckoo land”.
Her remarks came after a tumultuous 24 hours in politics where the Prime Minister pulled her Commons vote and pledged to go back to Brussels to negotiate on the “backstop” the arrangement to ensure that there will not be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Ms Mayer said: “This is not a sensible strategy. It is kicking the can down the road.”
Key EU figures, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said there is “no room whatsoever for renegotiation” of the agreement, while the European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt MEP has said “it’s out of the question to renegotiate the backstop”.
However even if Theresa May somehow did tweak her agreement on the backstop Ms Mayer argues this would not be enough to secure support for the deal.
Listing other deal-breakers in the Chamber, the Euro MP said: “We going from helping make the rules, to just abiding by them. A £39 billion divorce bill but huge decisions about the future left unanswered. Out of the customs unions, out of Galileo, a loss of rights to travel freely for work and leisure, farmers facing a shortage of seasonal workers, I could go on. Whichever way people voted two years ago, nobody voted for this shambles, mess and turmoil.”