Michael Heseltine at Downing Street in 2017 as he was sacked from his advisory roles for rebelling against the government in a Brexit vote in the House of Lords.

Lord Heseltine was always going to criticise Theresa May. That doesn’t mean he’s not right, though; he is.

Tory hopes of uniting the party behind Theresa May’s latest vision for Brexit faded as former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine dismissed her latest speech as just more “phrases, generalisations and platitudes” which had done nothing to make a deal more likely.

While most Conservative MPs and peers gave the prime minister a period of grace after Friday’s address, Heseltine said all May had done was offer more detail on a set of demands that the European Union had made clear all along it would never agree to.

Talking to the Observer, he said: “The speech just moves us further down the cherry-picking road. It set out the cherries that Britain wants to pick but that approach completely ignores the fact that the EU has said, ‘sorry there is no cherry picking’.”

He added: “Why is it that after 18 months since the referendum we have not got any closer with these issues? The answer is simple: because no one has got any answer about how to do it.”

Source: Tories’ Brexit unity fades as Heseltine slams May’s speech | Politics | The Guardian

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