Second referendum to be ‘politicians vote: UK PM

This brings about a critique I have towards May's claim - whereas in the long run, the United Kingdom economy will be able to compensate for the initial drop in GDP, we should not disregard the short-term consequences - 'In the long-run we are all dead' famously said John M. Keynes. Ready to get going on the meat of it, though?

Theresa May speaks during the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

In fact, she has not only nailed her colours firmly to the mast of HMS Chequers, she has also lashed herself to its wheel and is steering the ship towards the electoral rocks of Brexit In Name Only, with the entire Tory Party trapped in the hold, whether they realise it or not.

But did it succeed?

She began with a little dance after walking on stage to the sounds of ABBA s "Dancing Queen", one of her favourite tunes - a nod to her widely-mocked moves displayed on a recent visit to Africa.

The driving message of the speech was unity.

"It was what the party and the country needed, a rip-roaring speech looking towards the future", said party member Paul Whitehouse. But May also has her share of heavyweight supporters both inside the party and Brussels who think any alternative to her plan would make matters far worse.

You don't have to agree with a word Diane Abbott says to believe passionately in her right to say it, free from threats and abuse'.

Since the bungled snap election of 2017, May does not enjoy great support within her party and her authority is indiscernible (cautious and infrequent reshuffles are one symptom of this).

But her bid to revitalize her domestic agenda and steal the initiative from the main opposition Labour Party has been overshadowed by the party splits over Brexit. Would Jim Callaghan... ask the Russian government to confirm the findings of our own intelligence department?

"Would Clement Attlee, Churchill's trusted deputy during the Second World War, have told British Jews they didn't know the meaning of antisemitism?" One that puts the national interest first. "According to May, he dismissed the true causes of the Russian-ordered poisoning of Sergei Skripal on British soil, and his flagship policy of putting workers on boards of all big companies is a 'giant stealth tax on enterprise".

PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY: What we are proposing is very challenging for the EU.

Sitting in the front row was former Brexit Secretary David Davis who, along with Johnson, resigned hours after May unveiled her Brexit blueprint after a ministerial meeting at Chequers, her country house retreat.


And her Conservative government means hers, as she took a pop at everyone, even those in her own ranks, who aren't convinced by Brexit.

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", many of whom voted to leave the European Union in the referendum of that year.

But she did her best to appear carefree as she sashayed on to the stage to the Abba hit Dancing Queen - a reference to the much-shared video of her dancing on a trip to Africa - and joked about the coughing fit and collapsing stage backdrop which marred her calamitous conference speech in Manchester past year.

That's why alongside the discussions about Brexit, actually what this conference has been focusing on is the changes we're making to people in terms of things like putting extra money into social care, to ensure we're dealing with the winter pressures, to the commitment we've already made for more money for the National Health Service, the changes we're making in the apprenticeship levy, to ensure that we get those good apprenticeships available for our young people. "We are not just a party to clean up a mess, we are the party to steer a course to a better future".

Boris Johnson addressed a 1,500-strong crowd at the annual Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, where he delivered a speech which widely criticised Theresa May's Chequers Brexit proposal. It ends in the letter k. For this reason, let's explore each of the prominent topics in her speech.

"This is why some people still feel that our economy isn't working for them".

And then came the policies.

Mrs May said: "There is a government cap on how much they can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets to fund new developments".

European Union leaders have also rejected her proposal for Britain to remain closely economically aligned with the bloc, and gave her until a summit on October 18 to rework it. "Fuel duty, May promised, will be frozen in next month's budget, because 'For millions of people their vehicle is not a luxury, it's a necessity".

But she acknowledged that, a decade after the 2008 crash, the after-effects were still being felt by many households.

Cable said that May said the Conservatives must be a party for the whole country, adding "yet she has overseen widening divisions in our society".

Britain "isn't afraid" to leave the European Union with no deal, she said, adding that "resilience and ingenuity" of people will see Britain through.


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