John Bercow renews bitter war of words with Theresa May over chronic failure on Brexit

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In an astonishing outburst, Mr Bercow claimed the former Prime Minister had been guilty of a “chronic failure of imagination” over Brexit. Speaking to fellow Remainer, Lord Andrew Adonis, Mr Bercow insisted Mrs May had been wrong not to “reach across” the House of Commons following the 2017 general election. Speaking at an event held by the European Movement Group, Mr Bercow said: “I think Theresa May, a good person, was guilty of a chronic failure of imagination after the 2017 general election.

“She behaved as though nothing had happened: ‘Good morning, bit disappointed not to win and having discussions with DUP with a further announcement in due course.

“‘There is an agreement and the Government continues as before’.

“Andrew it was surreal, it never appeared to occur to her that she called an election to boost her majority, had an election which she lost and had no majority and that might just be the time to reach across the House.

“Instead, she just doubled down and said I’m going to go with my approach.

“She went with her approach, she failed and then the Tory party lurched rightwards to frankly an even more disastrous position.

“I cannot see any upside to the act of industrial self-harm that we have committed over the last five years.”

Mrs May called an election in 2017 after she claimed opposition parties were attempting to jeopardise her preparations for Brexit.

Mrs May called the election with a working majority of 17 and 330 MPs in total.

Following the vote, the Tory leader lost 13 seats and crucially lost her majority in Parliament.

In contrast, Jeremy Corbyn gained 30 seats which forced the Prime Minister to form a minority Government with the DUP who won 10 seats.

Announcing the partnership, Mrs May said: “Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years.

“And this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.

“I’m sorry for all those candidates who weren’t successful, and also particularly sorry for MPs and ministers who’d contributed so much to our country, and who lost their seats and didn’t deserve to lose their seats.

“As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what I need to do in the future to take the party forward.”

After a series of defeats in Parliament, Mrs May resigned in 2019.

She resigned in 2019 claiming a new Prime Minister must lead the new approach on Brexit.

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