NIGEL Farage can’t take Britain out of the EU because he only “shouts from the sidelines”, Theresa May insisted today.
The PM tried to see off the Brexit Party threat by claiming the Tories are the only party which can act on the result of the referendum.
It came as Mrs May finally launched the Conservatives’ Euro elections campaign – just six days before the vote.
She spoke in Bristol shortly after the collapse of talks with Labour designed to hammer out a Brexit compromise.
The Tory leader said: “The Conservative party didn’t want to be fighting these. We wanted to be out of the European Union.
“Indeed if Parliament had backed our Brexit deal we could already have left the EU.
“And next Thursday I want people to vote Conservative because it’s only the Conservatives who can deliver Brexit and take this country forward into a brighter future.
“No-one else can get the job done. Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP have voted against delivering Brexit again and again.
“Nigel Farage can’t deliver Brexit. Every few years he pops up, he shouts from the sidelines – he doesn’t work constructively in the national interest.”
Mrs May again urged MPs to back her deal when it returns to the Commons at the beginning of June.
She said: “When MPs come to vote on the bill, they will be faced with a stark choice.
“That is to vote to deliver on the referendum, deliver on Brexit, or to shy away again from delivering Brexit with all the uncertainty that that would leave.”
The campaign launch took place in a private room in front of a tiny audience of MEP candidates.
No party activists or members of the public were allowed to the event.
A new poll shows the Tories are on course to come fifth, behind the Brexit Party, Lib Dems, Labour and Greens.
Mr Farage has hoovered up the votes of Brexiteers who are furious Britain still hasn’t left the EU.