Theresa May is a Poundland Thatcher playing a very dangerous game, says John Prescott : Mirror

Sunday Mirror columnist John Prescott says the PM has no clue how to handle negotiations with the EU.

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. But as Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street, her look made me fear for Britain.

We’re 20 years on from when Labour promised Things Can Only Get Better (and they did) – and May looks determined to make sure things can only get worse.

How did we get to being on the verge of economic war with Europe?

Just weeks ago the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker , met with Theresa Maybe to discuss the Brexit break-up over dinner.

“Deluded” and “in another galaxy” were some of the kinder comments about her.

But to directly accuse the EU of interfering with our election is the kind of dangerous and xenophobic rant you’d expect from a dictator.

May knows she can’t safely get us out of the EU without harming our jobs, livelihoods and security.

This isn’t about getting us out. It’s all about keeping her in.

When it comes to the art of negotiation, she is way out of her depth. If she really wants to get a deal with Europe, this is how you do it: Firstly, when negotiating a good deal, you need to offer goodwill. I know this from negotiating for the EU in the Kyoto climate change talks.

A crucial olive branch would have been securing the rights of existing EU citizens to remain in the UK, as Labour has promised.

It would have set the tone and been reciprocated.

Instead, May used EU nationals and withholding security co-operation on terrorism as bargaining chips to please a right-wing press.

I remember dealing with Juncker when he was Luxembourg’s PM. If I’m honest, I never liked the guy because he was quite arrogant.

But he was always up for a deal. Juncker will run rings round May.



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