Dancing May upbeat about Brexit deal


Theresa May will round off the Tory conference with an attempt to raise party morale and convince activists that the Conservatives are about more than Brexit.

The highly anticipated moment of this year's Conservative Party Conference had arrived - Theresa May stepped on stage, ready to deliver her speech.

More broadly, rather than concentrating on the divisions within her own party, May's speech was more focussed on the nation and landed a number of blows on the Labour party, the front bench of which the Prime Minister derided as the "Jeremy Corbyn party".

U.K.'s Prime Minister Theresa May is to give a speech Wednesday created to boost confidence over the country's future once it leaves the European Union (EU) - and to brush off her biggest critic and rival, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Tusk's office has invited May to address the other 27 European Union leaders on October 17, the eve of the summit that he has previously described as the "moment of truth" for Brexit negotiations.

Then the thing we saw immediately afterwards was that tweet about the Strepsils and the speech and we laughed along with her and she showed that humorous side of her.

May's "Chequers plan" envisages the country staying closely aligned to Europe in terms of trade and regulations although the deal foresees the United Kingdom being able to stop the free movement of people from the EU.

"I write this with heavy heart; however, we now need a proper leadership".

"We are entering the toughest phase of the negotiations. If we stick together and hold our nerve, I know we can get a deal that delivers for Britain".

Ten years after the global financial crisis, she announced that "the austerity it led to is over", with new investment in public services due to be unveiled next year. May is optimistic, apparently, but only if her vision is upheld by everyone; the Conservatives, the Labour Party with its sizable minority and a mandate from members to push for a second referendum if needs be, and the great British public, as well as Northern Ireland.

"The fact that she didn't mention the word Chequers at all is an acknowledgement of the massive feeling against it", he said.

She told the party faithful that: "The British people need to know that the end is in sight...we get it...sound finances are essential, but they are not the limit of our ambition".

One however has submitted a letter of no confidence in his leader.

Her spokesman declined to comment on Mr Duddridge's move.

Wednesday's speech was considerably smoother.

His intervention suggests any breathing space won by Mrs May after what was generally a well-received conference speech in Birmingham may be short-lived.

May and her team are braced for a gruelling set of discussions: with EU leaders, with her parliamentary partners in the DUP, and with the European Commission, all the while withstanding ferocious friendly fire. Today at the party's annual meeting in Birmingham, England, she tried again to sell it.

"We will give credence to those who cry betrayal and I am afraid we will make it more likely that the ultimate beneficiary of the Chequers deal will be the far right", said one-time London Mayor Johnson who is regarded as one of the leading critics of May's Brexit plan.

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.

"But my job as prime minister is to do what I believe to be in the national interest".

She refused to be drawn however on whether Mrs May should continue as Prime Minister after Britain has left the EU.

"Brexit fans have their backs to the wall", said Franziska Brantner, European affairs spokeswoman for Germany's Greens party.

At home it will not be any easier.