The veteran BBC host claimed the Conservative leader was trying to shift the image of her party towards Ms Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, part of Germany’s ruling coalition.
Neil, alongside his guests on BBC’s This Week, were debating the Prime Minister’s campaign manifesto as she bids to land a landslide majority.
The host questioned: “Isn’t it ironic as Mrs May promises to take us out of the European Union, and that project will be safe in her hands, that she’s really recasting the British Tories as a version of the German Christian Democrats.”
Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo, instead, suggested she was closely basing herself on Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The regular This Week guess claimed her policy to cut winter fuel and caring allowance for pensioners was “radical” because it would make Britons “save for a rainy day”.
Whereas political commentator James Delingpole, a Brexiteer, claims she was squandering an opportunity to become an “economic powerhouse” because she favours a similar route of the EU’s regulation.
He added: “What she’s saying to the world is, ‘Actually, even though we’re leaving Europe we kind of want to have the same regulation and worker protection, and so on.
“It’s not going to be good for us I think.”
Delingpole had previously voiced his scepticism that Mrs May will be able to deliver a successful Brexit for Britain because she was a Remainer.
The commentator said she lacked the understanding of a Britain outside the EU, because of her stance before the historic EU referendum.
He said: “She’s saying, ‘Yes, I hear you want Brexit and I understand what you want’ – but she doesn’t understand because she was a Remainer.
“People voted Brexit to gain their independence, what she’s giving them is more of the micromanaging nanny state that they wanted to escape from the European Union.”