Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

End divisions or put Brexit at risk, Britain's May tells party

End divisions or put Brexit at risk, Britain's May tells party

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

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".

But she did her best to appear carefree 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 a year ago.

"Mrs May saying that she's not afraid of a "no deal" Brexit shows that she is willing to risk the jobs and futures of millions of British and European Union citizens who live with fear and uncertainty", he said.

The pressure she is under from some in the party was underlined less than an hour before she was due to speak when Conservative lawmaker James Duddridge said he had submitted a letter to the party's so-called 1922 committee, calling on her to resign.

"Turns out there is a plan".

In another interview with Sky News, she dismissed Mr Johnson's speech as a "good show" and again ruled out holding another general election before 2022. In comments that are likely to be seen as a swipe at the prime minister, Ms Foster said the confidence and supply agreement with the Tories was "party to party" and did not rely on Ms May remaining as leader.

"It is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week", she said.

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On criticism of him from the chancellor: 'I want to congratulate my friend Philip Hammond for predicting that I will never become prime minister - it's the first treasury forecast in a long time, I think, to have a distinct ring of truth'.

He added: "I didn't expect there would be such a head of steam behind calls for a second referendum or a people's vote".

With no agreement with the bloc over the terms of divorce or a future trade relationship, the last day of the conference marked the beginning of what some officials predict will be a frenzied couple of weeks of diplomacy between London and Brussels as the two sides try to pin down a deal.

Foster acknowledged that it "could well be the case" that the majority of people in Northern Ireland disagrees with her on equal marriage, but said the issue should be left for the future Assembly to deal with.

When asked by the BBC interviewer "how red" her red line was, Foster said "The line is blood red, it is very red".

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.

"So this is our proposal". Good for jobs, good for the Union.

In the face of Labour's appeal to those suffering from the effects of austerity, Mrs May said Tories must "defend free markets, because it is ordinary working people who benefit". "It is in the national interest".

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