Jeremy Corbyn likens Theresa May to Blackadders Baldrick as he accuses her

first_img7:45AMMay ‘blithely ignoring her own dire warnings’ over hard Brexit 12:39PMMay challenged on Heathrow air quality 8:02AMNo 10 insists May will ‘make a success’ of Brexit Following the exchanges at Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Tony ridiculed Mrs May’s “Brexit means Brexit” slogan by tweeting: “Baldrick means Baldrick.”He also wrote on Twitter: “Haven’t left (Labour), active member for 40 yrs. But if (Brexit Secretary) David Davis needs any help with Brexit Baldrick stands ready to serve.”Baldrick was known for his regular suggestions of a “cunning plan” – which would often be anything but.Speaking during PMQs, Mr Corbyn said to Mrs May: “On Monday, you told the House, ‘We have a plan which is not to set out at every stage of the negotiations the details’.”I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of days.” https://t.co/uI4cuwdJpx I’ve been v outspoken about some Blair policies Iraq in particular. Doesn’t stop me thinking Corbyn is a crap leader— Tony Robinson (@Tony_Robinson) October 20, 2016 A 2009 leaflet from Theresa May Theresa May commends the Home Office for their work with child migrants.She also wishes Nick Boles well after his cancer diagnosis.”We wish him all the very best for the future and for his place in this House,” she says. Baldrick, Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa MayCredit:REX/PA 12:13PMCorbyn accuses May of ‘dithering’ over Brexit Theresa May But Ms Evans hit back: “Of course I have compassion. How dare you accuse me of not having any compassion. Just because I can see a system is being abused here.”I suggest that we take children that we know are genuinely children from refugee camps from war torn areas where they desperately need our help – not so-called children who have travelled through five safe countries and are already in a safe country and have decided for whatever reason they want to come to Britain.” 11:51AMPMQs coming up next Baldrick, Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May Corbyn accuses May of ‘dithering’ over Brexit plansLabour leader compares PM to Blackadder’s BaldrickThe day Corbyn quotes Baldrick.. and Baldrick answers backMay tells Corbyn he is ‘frustrating the will of the people’Theresa May has been offered assistance from Baldrick after her Brexit plan was likened to the schemes devised by Blackadder’s hapless sidekick.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked the Prime Minister by insisting Baldrick is the only “great philosopher” he could think of when assessing the Government’s EU exit strategy.Mrs May hit back by suggesting Sir Tony Robinson, the actor who played the character in the BBC television series, was no longer a member of the Labour Party. The quote from today’s Prime Minister’s Questions that is perhaps most memorable is Jeremy Corbyn’s likening of Theresa May to Blackadder’s Baldrick.He attacked the Prime Minister for not having a plan to deal with a “chaotic” Brexit.Mr Corbyn told her: “On Monday, you told the House, ‘We have a plan which is not to set out at every stage of the negotiations the details’. Tony Robinson has since been tweeting after his character Baldrick was name-checked at PMQs.He tweeted: “Baldrick means Baldrick”.He added: “If David Davis needs any help with Brexit, Baldrick stands ready to serve.” 12:20PMSaudi Arabia arms sales But today she said: “The Government looks very closely at the issue of air quality and environmental impact.”The evidence shows that air quality standards can be met.”It is more than just about airports, it is about road transport too. That is why we are doing more on air quality and I’m pleased we have a leading edge when it comes to electric vehicles.” 1:14PM’Our cunning plan is to have no plan’ Jeremy Corbyn starts by welcoming the child refugees that have arrived in Britain.He also wishes former Tory minister Nick Boles well after he revealed he has cancer. Theresa May at PMQs Theresa May at PMQsCredit:PA Tim Farron says Theresa May lacked the ‘political courage’ to speak up to the wider public about the dangers of BrexitCredit:PA 10:10AMFormer Tory minister Nick Boles has cancer Thersa May once said that being part of the single market was “significant” for Britain and that businesses could leave the UK after Brexit.In comments made before the referendum but only now released to the Guardian, Mrs May conceded that “a lot of people will invest” in Britain “because it is the UK in Europe”.  Theresa May has been accused of “blithely ignoring her own dire warnings” after it emerged she had previously warned about the consequences of a so-called hard Brexit after a recording emerged of her setting out fears for the economy.Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “It is disappointing that Theresa May lacked the political courage to warn the British public as she did a group of bankers in private about the devastating economic effects of Brexit.”But far more disappointing is that now she is supposedly in charge, she is blithely ignoring her own dire warnings and is prepared to inflict an act of monumental self-harm on the UK economy by pulling Britain out of the Single Market.”She is doing so purely to satisfy the uncaring, divisive and extremist voices around her own cabinet table.” Tory MPs heckled Mr Corbyn, who added: “I think when you’re searching for the real meaning and the importance behind the Prime Minister’s statement, you have to consult the great philosophers.”After a further delay due to shouts from Tory MPs, Mr Corbyn said: “The only one I could come up with is Baldrick, who says, ‘Our cunning plan is to have no plan’.”Brexit was apparently about taking back control but the devolved governments don’t know the plan, businesses don’t know the plan, Parliament doesn’t know the plan.”When will the Prime Minister abandon this shambolic Tory Brexit and develop a plan that delivers for the whole country?” 12:07PMDoes Brexit mean Brexit? Jeremy Corbyn quizzes Theresa May on access to the single market.”I thought the Prime Minister was going to tell us Brexit means Brexit again. I’m sure she will tell us what it means eventually,” he jokes.Mrs May hits back: “The Leader of the Opposition tries to poke fun at the phrase Brexit means Brexit but the whole point of Brexit is this Government is listening to the will of the people. Brexit means we will be leaving the European Union.” 12:05PMMay commends Home Office on child migrants Former Conservative minister Nick Boles has revealed he is fighting cancer for a second time. 1:34PMBaldrick wades into Brexit debate A 2009 leaflet from Theresa May Steven Woolfe on the floor of the European Parliament building following an altercation Steven Woolfe on the floor of the European Parliament building following an altercationCredit:ITV Newscenter_img Jeremy Corbyn accuses Theresa May of “dithering” over Brexit, telling her that she is creating a great deal of uncertainty for businesses who are considering leaving the UK.He says: “This cannot carry on until March next year. When is the prime minister going to come up with a plan?”She hits back: “I want this country to be a global leader in free trade. The Labour party is against free trade.”I want to introduce controls on free movement. Labour wants to continue with free movement.”I want to follow the will of the British people. He wants to frustrate the will of the people.”Mr Corbyn then mentions Baldrick, yes Blackadder’s Baldrick, to liken Mrs May to him.”Our cunning plan is to have no plan,” he jokes.Mrs May responds by saying that Tony Robinson, who played Bladrick, was in fact a Labour member.It is perhaps brave of Mr Corbyn to quote Robinson’s character after the actor recently described the Labour leader as “c***”. 10:51AM’Have you no compassion?’ Jeremy Paxman tackles Ukip leadership contender Suzanne Evans after she backs physical checks on child migrants Nick Boles, a former Conservative ministerCredit:Telegraph/Clara Molden “I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of days. I think when you’re searching for the real meaning and the importance behind the prime minister’s statement, you have to consult the great philosophers.”The only one I could come up with is Baldrick, who says, ‘Our cunning plan is to have no plan’. “Brexit was apparently about taking back control but the devolved governments don’t know the plan, businesses don’t know the plan, Parliament doesn’t know the plan. When will the prime minister abandon this shambolic Tory Brexit and develop a plan that delivers for the whole country?”Mrs May hit back by reminding Mr Corbyn at Tony Robinson, who played Baldrick, was in fact a Labour member.But it was a good hit for Mr Corbyn at today’s PMQs. Speaking at Goldman Sachs on May 26, Mrs May is reported to have said: “I think the economic arguments are clear. I think being part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us.”I think, as I was saying to you a little earlier, that one of the issues is that a lot of people will invest here in the UK because it is the UK in Europe.“If we were not in Europe, I think there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland Europe presence rather than a UK presence? So I think there are definite benefits for us in economic terms.” Theresa May was seen as a “reluctant remainer” in the referendum campaignCredit:Toby Melville /Reuters Ukip MEPs Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem have been reported to French police over their altercation at the European Parliament which plunged crisis-hit Ukip into further turmoil. 10:13AMUkip MEPs reported to French police following altercation in European Parliament Jeremy Corbyn asks Theresa May if she will stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia in light of the kingdom’s activities in Yemen. She responds by highlighting the importance of the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. Jeremy Paxman has taken to task Ukip leadership candidate Suzanne Evans after she said she agreed that child asylum seekers wanting to come to Britain should undergo physical checks to ensure they are genuinely children.During ITV’s The Agenda programme, the former Newsnight presenter asked her: “Do you have no compassion?” Baldrick, as played by Tony RobinsonCredit:REX Baldrick, as played by Tony Robinson Nick Boles, a former Conservative minister 9:09AM’May was right to warn about losing single market membership’ Mr Boles, who served as planning minister from 2012 to 2014 and skills minister until this year, said doctors at King’s College Hospital accident and emergency department had found a cancerous tumour in his head.Read our full story. Theresa May will ‘make a success’ of Brexit, No10 insistsCredit:Reuters Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs A No 10 spokesman has responded to the secret recording in which Theresa May can be heard warning about consequences of a so-called hard Brexit during the referendum campaign.The spokesman did not directly comment on the recording, but insisted: “Britain made a clear choice to vote to leave the EU and this Government is determined to make a success of the fresh opportunities it presents.”David Davis made very clear in the House of Commons last week the importance the Government places on financial services across the UK in the negotiation to come, as has the Chancellor in recent weeks.”We want a smooth and orderly exit from the European Union, which would be in the interests of both Britain and the EU.” In recent weeks Mrs May has hinted that Britain will not be in the single market after Brexit. Mrs May supported David Cameron’s Remain campaign ahead of the referendum.However, she made relatively few interventions and allies of Mr Cameron have since said that she repeatedly refused to publicly back his campaign. She was seen as a “reluctant remainer” during the run-up to the referendum.Ahead of the vote she made a speech which offered cautious backing to staying in the EU, but with the caveat that there are “problems” associated with membership and that the UK “could cope” outside the bloc.She added at the time that the UK is “big enough and strong enough to be a success story in or out of the EU”. Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP and former shadow business secretary, said Theresa May was “right then – and it underlines why single market membership should be her ambition now”. Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsCredit:PA Mr Woolfe was left in hospital after the fracas in Strasbourg which led to him quitting Ukip and abandoning his bid to become the party’s leader.European Parliament president Martin Schulz said he had referred the matter to the French authorities “given the seriousness of the reported facts and their possible criminal implications”.Read the full story. Theresa May has been challenged on air quality concerns over the third runway plans at Heathrow.This is an issue she previously said she was concerned about in a 2009 leaflet. The row came after Tory MP David Davies was criticised for suggesting child migrants could be subjected to dental checks to verify that they were indeed children.Read the full story. Andrew Gwynne, shadow minister without portfolio, said: “As if we needed it, this recording is cast-iron evidence of how Theresa May and other senior Tories have been saying one thing in private about the economic impact of Brexit, and another in the comfort of Tory conference halls.”It’s plain that she recognises what a disaster it would be for Britain to lose access to the Single Market, so why doesn’t she be honest with the British people and say how she plans to retain it?”Labour’s Phil Wilson, an Open Britain campaign supporter, said: “It’s good to know that privately Theresa May thinks what many of us have been saying publicly for a long time – leaving the Single Market would be bad for businesses and for our economy.”Now she is Prime Minister, Theresa May is in an unrivalled position to act on her previous concerns – starting by putting membership of the Single Market at the heart of her Government’s negotiating strategy.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. We are now just a few minutes away from this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions and the Commons chamber is filling up. We will be bringing you the key exchanges between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. I think there are definite benefits for us in economic termsTheresa May 12:04PMCorbyn welcomes child refugees To laughter from her MPs, Mrs May told Mr Corbyn: “I’m interested that you chose Baldrick. Of course, the actor playing Baldrick was a member of the Labour Party, as I recall.”The PM went on: “I’ll tell you what we’re going to deliver: we’re going to deliver on the vote of the British people, we’re going to deliver the best possible deal for trade in goods and services with and operation within the European Union, and we’re going to deliver an end to free movement.”That’s what the British people want and that’s what this Government is going to deliver for them.” Tim Farron says Theresa May lacked the 'political courage' to speak up to the wider public about the dangers of Brexit Theresa May will 'make a success' of Brexit, No10 insists 7:31AMLeaked recording of Theresa May’s Brexit commentslast_img read more