A former aide to Margaret Thatcher has said Prime Minister Theresa May will go down in British history as a “monumental failure” after she was unable to get enough support for her Brexit deal in order for Britain to have left the European Union within the two-year Article 50 deadline. Last week the EU agreed to extend Britain’s departure from the bloc until the end of October 31 after Theresa May pleaded for a delay. Mr Gardiner told Express.co.uk: “As someone who led Britain at a critically important time in history but who did not have the vision or the guts and the courage to do what was necessary.
Theresa May did not have the vision or the guts and the courage to do what was necessary
“And there is a massive contrast between Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
“Margaret Thatcher was a giant on the world stage who defended Britain at home and abroad who had a clearer Conservative ideology and who fought with every determination to defend her country.”
Mr Gardiner, who is the director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, said the Prime Minister has in contrast to the Iron Lady “kowtowed to the European Union”.
He added: “She has gone with a begging ball to Berlin and Paris and Brussels and has humiliated her country.
“And there is a huge difference between the leadership of Margaret Thatcher and the leadership of Theresa May.
“In fact, there is no comparison between the two.”
The decision to extend the Brexit deadline by six months means the UK will be forced to take part in European elections if the Prime Minister cannot get her deal through the House of Commons by the end of May.
The Government is still in Brexit talks with the Labour Party after the Prime Minister reached out to Jeremy Corbyn to try to get Brexit over the line.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, the Prime Minister told MPs it was their “national duty” to agree to a Brexit deal.
She said: “We need to resolve this. So that we can leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible.
“So that we can avoid having to hold those European Parliamentary elections. And above all, so that we can fulfil the democratic decision of the referendum, deliver Brexit and move our country forward.
“This is our national duty as elected members of this House – and nothing today is more pressing or more vital.”
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