The last dance: Europe tells May to ‘get down to business’

Anna Jefferson
October 8, 2018

At any rate, her entrance at the Conservative Party Conference - set to ABBA's "Dancing Queen", naturally - wasn't just a self-deprecating reference to the recent viral video of her rather unconventional dance moves.

At the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham, she's asked all party members - whichever side of the question they stand on - to pull together.

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.

In a nod to voters who are exhausted of stagnating wages and spending cuts, May said that from next year the government would end the austerity policies introduced after the 2008 global financial crisis and put more money into public services. In a fiery speech at the conference on Tuesday, the former Cabinet minister who had resigned over May's Brexit strategy said "Chequers is a cheat", which would “escalate the sense of mistrust” people have about politicians.

As well as attacking the Labour leadership for "not acting in the national interest, but in their own political interest.', more specifically, Corbyn was a huge focus".

It was a warm welcome for a leader whose fragile position at the helm of her party has been put under further pressure after the European Union rejected parts of her so-called Chequers plan and critics stepped up calls for her to ditch her strategy on Brexit, Britain's biggest policy shift for more than 40 years. Dismissing calls for a so-called "people's vote", the British PM said any second referendum over the issue of Brexit would be a "politicians' vote" as the people had already given their verdict in the 2016 referendum. "Even if we do not all agree on every part of this proposal, we need to come together", May said.

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'And our message to them must be this - we get it.

THERESA May has nicked Jeremy Corbyn's campaign slogan - rejigging it to tell her party she wants "everyone" in Britain.

Wednesday's speech was considerably smoother.

Just before May's own speech on Wednesday, Conservative party MP James Duddridge, a key Johnson ally, announced that he had submitted a letter to the party's backbench 1922 Committee calling for a party leadership contest.

"I'm very keen to see an agreement concluded by November if at all possible", Vardakar said.

The former foreign secretary, with his colourful turn of phrase and humorous flourishes, can certainly hold an audience as he showed earlier this week but as a party leader he would be disastrous.

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She said there must be no return to "uncontrolled borrowing" but public services would get more support. "Eventually, people in the EU think it would lead to the disintegration of the union". "First, honouring the result of the referendum. and secondly, to seek a good trading and security relationship with our neighbours after we have left".

Chancellor Philip Hammond will conduct a public spending review next year and has suggested that he would have money to spend from a "deal dividend", if Mrs May secured a Brexit agreement based on her Chequers plan.

Her own future remains full of uncertainty.

Second (as George Parker reports), in order to maintain the invisible Irish border, Britain will accept that goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain must meet European Union standards, with the potential for checks in the Irish Sea.

In her speech, Mrs May stuck to her plan, called the Chequers proposal after her country residence where she hashed out the proposals in July. This is not taking back control: "this is forfeiting control", he said.

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