Brexit-backing Priti Patel issues CHALLENGE to Theresa May – ‘A NEW generation of leaders’
Ms Patel made the comments at the ‘Free Market Road Show’ in London, hosted by right-leaning publication 1828. She also argued some in her party had “forgotten” its fundamental conservative values. Between July 2016 and November 2017 Ms Patel, a prominent Brexiteer, served as International Development Secretary.
Addressing her audience the former Minister said: “It seems to be that my party has forgotten; we believe in the power of free markets, free enterprise and personal liberty for long-term prosperity.
“We believe that society is built from the bottom and not top down, a society where people have the freedom to make key personal choices themselves.
“Now for me this means one thing, it is now time for a new generation of political leaders to effectively take back control.
“That means a new generation of political leaders that trusts and believes in people, enterprise and in our great nation.”
During the 2016 EU membership referendum “take back control” was used as a slogan by the official pro-Brexit ‘Vote Leave’ campaign.
The Prime Minister has vowed to stand down before the “next stage” of the Brexit process but has yet to name a date.
Currently former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is the favourite to take over from Mrs May.
Ms Patel asserted: “What we are seeing within the Conservative Party is a fight for the future of conservatism.
“A contest between those who believe that our purpose is to be more prescriptive and more controlling and those who believe that our party should promote the cause of freedom and liberty.
Priti Patel campaigning for Brexit ahead of the 2016 referendum
“Between those who support that statist, more interventionist, more controlling, approach and the dynamic innovation and entrepreneurial policies advanced by the likes of Margaret Thatcher.”
The UK was due to leave the EU on March 29, but this has been postponed twice to October 31 unless Parliament approves Mrs May’s Brexit deal.
Britain will take part in European Parliament elections on May 23, which the Brexit Party is currently forecast to win.
According to a recent poll the Conservatives could be pushed into fourth place, behind Labour and the Liberal Democrats.