Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dancing May upbeat about Brexit deal

Dancing May upbeat about Brexit deal

Former UK foreign minister Boris Johnson unleashed another broadside against Mrs May, condemning her handling of the Brexit talks so far.

In the key, closing message of her address, Mrs May said the government recognised the economic pain ordinary people had been through since the financial crash of a decade ago.

Mr Johnson said her so-called Chequers plan to leave the European Union was a "cheat" that would leave Britain "locked in the tractor beam of Brussels".

A Tory MP has filed a letter of no confidence against his leader, Theresa May, in a shocking blow to her leadership minutes before her Conservative Party conference speech on Brexit.

The pound dropped 0.4% on the day to as low as $1.2963, close to yesterday's three-week low of $1.2941, before recovering to $1.2990 later.

On the final day of her party's annual conference, May sought to rally members by addressing their concerns that the Conservatives are becoming increasingly directionless under the weight of Brexit, urging them to look to a brighter future.

Earlier, a survey showed Britain's services sector kept up its steady growth in September but uncertainty about the economy remained high six months ahead of Brexit.

She did not use the word "Chequers" - the name of her country residence where the plan was agreed by Cabinet in July - but aides insisted that this was not meant to signal any shift away from her blueprint.

"We need a strong leader and we haven't got that at the moment", Duddridge said.

Standing firmly by her Brexit plan, denounced by Boris Johnson as a "constitutional outrage", Mrs May promised: "If we stick together and hold our nerve, I know we can get a deal that delivers for Britain".

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British Prime Minister Theresa May salutes the gathering in Birmingham with her husband Philip after an ovation following her speech.

But in a tumultuous and tough time, this went as well as could be expected for the PM in Birmingham, though you could say the same for the opposition leader last week, too.

May and her team face weeks of hard conversations with Brussels to win a deal, but she also faces challenges from inside her own party and from her partners in parliament, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

Johnson did not call on Tuesday for May to be replaced, saying she should simply change course.

She also dismissed negotiating closer ties to the European Union, saying that would force the accept the free movement of people, something abhorrent to most United Kingdom voters. "The reason we signed the agreement was to ensure Brexit".

"Britain isn't afraid to leave with no deal if we have to".

Hard-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, she said, would "outsource our conscience to the Kremlin". Taking back control of our borders, laws and money.

Talking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme this week, the PM said: "The question of business travel, of tourism, will be part of negotiations". We are entering the toughest part of the negotiations.

Mr Johnson suggested the authors of Chequers - which he initially supported before resigning in protest days later - should face prosecution for giving other nations power over Britain.

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