Iain Duncan Smith questioned whether Theresa May willingly tried to "make things worse" with her decision to outline her latest Brexit divorce deal two days before the European elections of May 23. The former Conservative leader admitted he could not understand the purpose of the speech Mrs May delivered in London on Tuesday in which she announced changes to the divorce deal before MPs vote on the agreement in the first week of June. Speaking to LBC, Mr Duncan Smith said: "I must say, when I listened to the speech I couldn’t figure out – normally in politics I can figure out why someone is saying something.
"I may not agree with it but I couldn’t figure out what in heaven’s name that speech was all about.
"What is successfully managed to do, bad as things were, this speech made it even worse. There wasn’t anybody I could think of that actually said, ‘you know what, that’s actually going to persuade me to go the other way.’
"It's almost as if someone said 'I'll tell you what, I bet you can't get that figure down to 6%. Go on, have a go' and she said 'I can, I can do that.' That's exactly what we saw yesterday. It's a tragedy.
The Brexiteer Chingford and Woodford Green MP also warned the Prime Minister the European Union elections on Thursday will become the "key breaking point" for her in terms of growing demands for her to vacate Number 10.
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He added: "I think the key breaking point now will be the results of the Euros on Sunday, when I think people will step into action."
The 10-point compromise plan Mrs May unveiled on Tuesday – which includes plans for a new Workers’ Rights Bill and the option for a second referendum vote if her deal is passed – was savaged by Labour and Brexiteers and branded a