Voice of the Mirror: Theresa May could trigger Brexit starting gun – but seems to have no idea what she's doing

Theresa May could trigger Article 50 and fire the starting gun which will take us out of the EU as early as this week.

The PM might as well shoot a revolver blindfolded in the Channel Tunnel. She seems to have no idea what target she’s aiming at, nor does she have any plans in place if she misses it.

As the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee says today, this is a dereliction of duty.

The Labour Party is no better. Jeremy Corbyn has no answers either.

It comes to something when the one person in the Labour Party who does have a strategy is not consulted by his leader.

Former Cabinet minister Liam Byrne has been at the coalface. As Immigration Minister he designed the points-based system for non-EU migrants which replaced work permits.

Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t seem to have a plan either
(Photo: PA)

He says today it could apply just as well to EU migrants. It is a sensible suggestion.

He says rejoining the European Free Trade Association would protect £98billion in exports. It is a sensible suggestion.

Ensuring existing workplace rights through the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights is a sensible suggestion too.

Mr Byrne has been unfairly traduced for the note he left his successor at the Treasury saying there was no money.

It was intended as a private joke between political colleagues. But the Tories dishonourably and distastefully made it public for political ends.

Liam Byrne
Liam Byrne has been at the coalface
(Photo: Getty)

Brexit is no joke. It will be the most complex unravelling of international treaties this nation has ever embarked upon.

We cannot, at this stage, expect Mrs May to know the destination. But we do expect her to have some idea of the direction of travel.

All this blah about not revealing her ­negotiating hand will not wash. It fuels the suspicion she does not know where she’s going. Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn goes nowhere.

Mr Byrne’s plan is worthy of proper ­consideration. Others may wish to add their thoughts to the mix.

The PM and Leader of the Opposition clearly need all the help they can get.

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