Question Time audience member mercilessly deconstructs 'feeling sorry' for Theresa May 5 months ago

Question Time audience member mercilessly deconstructs 'feeling sorry' for Theresa May

'The woman in the yellow jacket' had absolutely no sympathy for Theresa May over Brexit

Last night Fiona Bruce made her debut as host of BBC's Question Time, hosting a panel that included shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and Tory MP James Cleverly, in the first episode since David Dimbleby stepped down from the role.

But despite there being a new anchor, in many ways little changed on the show. As has been the case so often since 2016, the subject quickly turned to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, specifically Theresa May's handling of negotiations ahead of the parliamentary vote next Tuesday.

It is predicted that the prime minister will be unable to get her proposed agreement passed when it is put before parliament, as she has failed to find a deal that is acceptable to either the hardcore Remain or Leave wings of her party. The situation was made worse for May on Wednesday when an amendment was passed that means she will be forced to present another Brexit deal within three days if it's voted down.

In fact, so difficult is the predicament before the prime minister that people have expressed sympathy for her - after all, it was David Cameron that left this mess at her feet.

However, one woman on the show was having none of this argument.


After being called by Bruce to speak, "the woman in the yellow jacket" dismantled Theresa May in a less than 90-second speech, which earned her a round of applause from the audience.

"Could we get over feeling sorry for Theresa May? I don't feel sorry for her," she said.

"She's the woman who for many, many years has led the hostile environment for migrants in this country resulting in the Windrush generation. It's a disgrace.

"She's the person who created her very specific red lines on immigration which created the negotiation mess we are in.

"She triggered Article 50 when she had no plan.

"And as for criticising the EU on this, there are 27 other countries in the EU - they have been completely united on this.

"We don't even have a Cabinet that can unite and definitely a government that isn't in control of the process.

"They are a body of rules and regulations and they're not going to break that when it's the most successful single market in the world.

"We're going to lose all of that and it's ridiculous for us with our hopeless government - who cannot get it together to actually work out what the will of the people is today in 2019 - to blame the EU and go round feeling sorry for themselves."