SHADOW business secretary Jon Trickett accused Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday of “bungling negotiations” over Hinkley Point.
His criticism came as Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming warned Britain’s relationship with China is “critical” due to the government’s delay on a decision to build the nuclear power plant.
Writing in the Financial Times, he said: “Right now, the China-UK relationship is at a crucial historical juncture.”
Mr Xiaoming said he hopes the government will “come to a decision as soon as possible so that the project can proceed smoothly.”
But the government has insisted it is right to take its time before making a decision.
Mr Trickett said: “I am deeply concerned whether the Prime Minister has the diplomatic skills that are needed to renegotiate Britain’s trade relations with the rest of the world.
“This is the person, after all, that chose to appoint a Foreign Secretary with the sensitivity of a clown.
“But any loss of Chinese investment matters all the more because of this government’s continued failure to develop a modern industrial strategy and provide the infrastructure and other investment needed to deliver it.”