Ukip hug Theresa May even closer after her 'bang on the money' Brexit speech

Written by David Singleton on 19 January 2017 in Diary

Douglas Carswell spoke out as Theresa May is accused of caving in to her right flank.

Ukip’s sole MP Douglas Carswell has enthusiastically embraced Theresa May’s Brexit speech, saying he would not have changed a word of it.

The party's leader Paul Nuttall claimed this week that "some" of May’s speech could have been delivered at his party’s conference.

Appearing on the BBC’s Daily Politics show, Carswell went further, saying the whole speech was word perfect.

He told presenter Andrew Neil that it was "the second great speech we’ve heard from Theresa May in three days".

Carswell added: "If I was asked to contribute to what she was saying I would not have changed a word. I think she was absolutely bang on the money."

The former Tory MP also expressed his delight about the direction in which the prime minister is taking the country.

He said: "I’m absolutely delighted. I’ve been pushing all my adult life to have a government and prime minister committed to this agenda and I really feel quite emotional about it, actually. I think it’s wonderful."

Ukip leader Nuttall said earlier this week of May's speech: "Some of it did sound like a UKIP conference speech and the prime minister is now applying some of the things that we’ve been talking about for many, many years, so I would give her seven out of ten for this effort.”





Carswell’s comments suggest that he may be considering rejoining the Conservatives in the wake of David Cameron's departure.

They also lend weight to claims that the prime minister has surrendered to those on the eurosceptic right of British politics.

“Where other Conservative leaders always saw off their little-Englander, closed-border right flank, she is the first to cave in,” argued The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee immediately after May’s speech.

Toynbee appeared alongside Carswell on the BBC show today...



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