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Mrs May quizzed her replacement in Downing Street, Boris Johnson, about what Brexit would mean for data sharing and border security. However, the Bruges Group quickly took to social media, tweeting: “We don’t need to hear Theresa May’s opinion about Brexit, or our post-transition relationship with the EU.
“Her Government failed comprehensively to deliver on the instructions of the British people, which is why Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister.”
Director Robert Oulds was equally forthright afterwards, telling Express.co.uk: “Theresa May had nearly three years to negotiate a deal.
“Her whole negotiating strategy was to hold her hands up in the air and do anything the EU demanded.
A dignified silence wold not go amiss and that would help Theresa May’s reputation in the long run
Robert Oulds, Bruges Group director
“Her premiership was an embarrassment to her, the Conservative Party and the country.
“A dignified silence wold not go amiss and that would help Theresa May’s reputation in the long run.
“Theresa May failed in Europe and Boris Johnson has succeeded – the way forward is not a Theresa May strategy of capitulation.
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“It is to stand firm against the EU. Then Brussels will do the right thing and come to a free trade agreement whereby everybody wins.
“If not the European Union will find itself in even more economic difficulties.
“Boris Johnson knows the way forward – unfortunately Theresa May did not.”
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The Bruges Group’s post struck a chord with many Twitter users.
One said: “Theresa’s May’s idea of negotiation – Say Yes to every EU demand and make it publicly known that you will say YES to all future demands.”
Another added: “We already know her opinion on Brexit.
“Must delay it as much as possible and hopefully it will go away!”
A third said: “I think May should button it ! She did a grave disservice to Britain.”
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions today, Mrs May asked: “He has rightly been focusing on keeping people safe, but that task goes beyond COVID-19.
“So can he give me the reassurance that as from the 1st January 2021, the UK will have access to the quantity and quality of data it currently has though Prum (Convention), Passenger Name Records, ECRIS (European Criminal Records Information System) and SISII (Second-generation Schengen Information System), none of which I believe should require the ECJ jurisdiction in the UK?”
Responding, Mr Johnson said: “That depends I’m afraid on the outcome of our negotiations as she knows well, but I’m absolutely confident that our friends and partners will see sense and the great mutual benefit in continuing to collaborate in exactly the way that we do.”
Mrs May served as Prime Minister from July 13, 2016 to July 24, 2019.
Her time in office was dominated by Brexit, and particularly her bid to get her draft Withdrawal Agreement through the the House of Commons, only for it to be voted down on three separate occasions.
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