Has Theresa May promised to end austerity?

Has Theresa May promised to end austerity?

Has Theresa May promised to end austerity?

May will say that Britain's post-Brexit future is "full of promise" and that the country "has everything we need to succeed" when she addresses party delegates on the last day of the Conservative Party's annual conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.

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 past year.

Mrs May's strategy has come under fire from some Brexiteers, including Boris Johnson, who made a speech at the conference on Tuesday calling for her to "chuck Chequers".

The British PM said that she wanted a good Brexit agreement but warned the European Union that "Britain isn't afraid to leave with no deal if we had to".

May's unexpectedly disarming conference speech followed, exhorting the party to come together, or Brexit is at risk.

"Is she going to make a bold jump (in the negotiations, ed)?"

"We will do it by lowering the age at which we screen for bowel cancer from 60 to 50, by investing in the very latest scanners, and by building more Rapid Diagnostic Centres - one stop-shops that help people get treatment quicker. But if we stick together and hold our nerve I know we can get a deal that delivers for Britain". Whereas I have never been a huge fan of "attack your opponent to strengthen your position" technique, May did point out a fact about the Labour Party - it has not been the same since Corbyn had taken leadership in 2015. That's across the Conservative party, across the benches in Parliament and across the country as we all hurtle towards May's dream of Brexit.

Her words were aimed at easing the growing frustration of some Conservatives who openly say their party is meandering without substantive new ideas, unable to set an agenda amid their divisive feuds over how to depart the EU. The Conservative Party has spent the conference showcasing its divisions and May was obligated to try to paper them over.

A vote will be triggered if 48 legislators ask for one. This was Ms May's underlying message throughout her one-hour speech.

May used a punchy speech to lay down a challenge to her detractors, a day after Johnson trashed her Brexit plan and challenged her authority with a crowd-pleasing speech of his own.

Here are the main announcements from the Prime Minister following her speech on Wednesday.

She told the BBC, she was a bit cross with Johnson but only because his alternative Brexit proposals would, she said, tear up the United Kingdom by forcing Northern Ireland to operate separately from the rest of the UK. "Firmness of objective, clarity and conviction - European Union friends do not underestimate!" "There are instances where I will see a Conservative colleague on the television saying they have written a letter to me when they haven't".

Mrs May and her team face weeks of hard conversations with Brussels to win a deal, but she also faces challenges from inside her own party and from her partners in parliament, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. And that means two things.

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. This is not taking back control: "this is forfeiting control", he said. But she delivered a stinging riposte to his reported "f*** business" comment, saying the business community should know that "there is a four-letter word to describe what we Conservatives want to do to you - it has a single syllable, it is of Anglo-Saxon derivation, it ends in the letter K. Back businesses".

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