THERESA MAY was blamed yesterday for driving Britain towards the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal by the shadow foreign secretary.
Emily Thornberry warned that the stalled negotiations are down to problems within the Cabinet rather than inflexibility of EU officials in Brussels.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show she said: “I think what we may be seeing is the Europeans trying to make it clear that it is not their fault that there are these difficulties, the intransigence does not come from their side, it comes from Theresa May’s side.
“She doesn’t have the strength or the authority to be able to control her backbenchers, let alone her Cabinet.
“I think we are heading for a no deal, and I think that that is a serious threat to Britain and it is not in Britain’s interests for that to happen. We will stop that.”
Meanwhile, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that talks leading to any future trade relationship between Britain and the EU will only be complicated if Brussels decides to “punish Britain for having the audacity” to leave.
Mr Fox said on ITV’s Peston on Sunday that leaving without an agreement and trading on World Trade Organisation terms — which would see tariffs imposed on imports — was “not exactly a nightmare scenario.”
Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said Labour will join forces with Tory rebels in an attempt to force the Prime Minister into giving MPs a veto on the final Brexit deal.
He demanded six changes to the “paused” Repeal Bill — formally known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill — including giving Parliament the power to approve the exit agreement.