UK's May planning to rush Brexit through parliament

UK's May planning to rush Brexit through parliament

On the final day of her party's annual conference, Mrs 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.

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.

But by the end it was clear that their hero lacks the plan or the backing from MPs to call for Mrs May's head and "truly take back control".Boris Johnson's cheek knows no bounds and Tory members love him for it - but he can not strike the killer blow for hard Brexit.

With just six months before Brexit, she has so far weathered the political storm, shrugging off a barnstorming speech by her former foreign minister Boris Johnson, which did little to hide his leadership ambitions.

Brexit was a "moment of opportunity", she told a packed hall in Birmingham, central England, adding: "There is a whole world out there". In an upbeat message to activists and voters, she declared: "If we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve".

"We've had many countries trying to lower corporate tax rate for the past decade, but one common theme across every Group of Seven country's expansion is that investment never goes up", he said. "We have had disagreements in this party about Britain's membership of the European Union for a long time".

She will use her speech to try to strike an optimistic note, and is expected to say: "I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and that our future is full of promise".

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But unease in the party over her Brexit plan - agreed at Chequers in July - was illustrated by backbencher James Duddridge, who told the BBC's Today programme the PM was "not listening". Forty-eight such letters are needed to trigger a vote of confidence in the leader.

Jeremy Hunt, her foreign minister, said on Twitter: "Congratulations Theresa May for a remarkable speech delivered with humour and passion".

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.

"I'm very keen to see an agreement concluded by November if at all possible", Vardakar said. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week.

Despite the attempt to boost morale within the party, this year's conference has been notable for the stark divide that has been apparent within the Conservatives. "Blaming the European Union won't help them".

Namechecking Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister from 1979 to 1990 who remains a hero to many in the party, he called on the party to build more houses and, while courting business, he struck out at bankers over the 2008 financial crisis. This is not taking back control: "this is forfeiting control", he said. "There are plenty of prominent people in British politics who want to stop Brexit in its tracks", she warned.

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