May appeals for party unity at ‘toughest phase’ of Brexit

Daniel Fowler
October 6, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May's officials are planning to rush her Brexit deal through Parliament to stave off a rebellion from her own party, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

May danced a little jig to the strains of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" as she approached the podium for her address at the ruling Conservative Party's annual gathering.

But she did her best to appear relaxed as she sashayed on to the stage to Abba hit Dancing Queen and joked about the coughing fit and collapsing stage backdrop which marred her calamitous conference speech in Manchester past year.

Telling party delegates to "chuck Chequers" (after calling her plans "deranged" last week) Johnson said he wanted to "stop a ridiculous seeping away of our self-belief".

Looking ahead to the PM's speech, Johnson ally Jacob-Rees Mogg told Sky News: In an ideal world I'd like her to say that she's chucking Chequers and she's going to have a super-Canada deal.

Vince Cable, leader of the minority Liberal Democrats said: "As somebody who takes dancing seriously, I was delighted to see Theresa May show that she is developing her new hobby".

She appealed for unity in her party, warning her critics that if they split over their "own visions of the flawless Brexit", they might not get it at all. And our message to them must be this: "we get it", May said. Even after being appointed foreign minister, he continually challenged May's European Union strategy.

"I don't know any Conservative MPs that expect Theresa May to lead us into the next general election, and given that's the case, let's make the change now, and let's get someone who believes in Brexit delivering Brexit", he blasted.

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But while Mrs May made 10 mentions of the word "build", she did not mention "rebuild" once, unlike Mr Corbyn who said it 12 times.

Highlighting the pressure she is under, Conservative lawmaker James Duddridge in a letter callled for May to resign.

"We are just asking her to deliver on the Conservative manifesto and on the Lancaster speech".

She also tried to return to the message she gave when she was appointed prime minister in 2016, promising to help those who feel "left behind" and pledging to end her government's austerity push after almost a decade of spending cuts. "Firmness of goal, clarity and conviction - European Union friends do not underestimate!" "We can not make the case of capitalism if ordinary working people have no chance of owning capital", she said.

These are all important ways in which we're dealing day to day with the issues that make a real difference to people's lives.

In her speech, Mrs May stuck to her plan, but did not call it by its moniker - Chequers - named after the prime ministerial country residence where she hashed out the proposals in July.

"I'm very keen to see an agreement concluded by November if at all possible", Vardakar said. This is not taking back control: "this is forfeiting control", he said.

"It was a great speech, he was optimistic, he talked about Conservative values, and he talked about the opportunities if we do Brexit properly", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

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