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07 October, 2018

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May dances to the stage to give a speech during the Conservative Party annual conference 2018 in Birmingham, Britain on October 3, 2018.

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 previous year. And following Boris Johnson's rallying cry to chuck May's Chequers Brexit deal, she was under the compulsion, more than ever, to unite a warring party, a warring Parliament and a warring country.

In her speech, Mrs May stuck to her plan, but did not call it by its moniker - Chequers - named after the prime ministerial country residence where she hashed out the proposals in July.

The EU has rejected her proposed deal and demanded new ideas from Britain.

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

Last but not least, Jeremy Corbyn confirmed at Labour's conference last week that his party is all but certain to vote against May's deal. Johnson's speech was a leadership pitch in all but name, and many Conservatives expect May to face a party coup soon after Brexit day - or even before, if there is no progress toward a deal.

Her words were aimed at easing the growing frustration of some Conservatives who openly say their party is directionless, unable to set an agenda against the divisive rows over Brexit. An undeterred May called on her colleagues to work towards making the Conservatives a party "not for the few, not even for the many but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best". Forty-eight lawmakers would need to write such letters to trigger a vote of confidence in the leader.

He asked Mr Zadhawi to confirm Mrs May's decision to avoid the word Chequers in her speech was not indicative of a wider plan to curry favour by dropping the word for which people hold disdain.

Johnson, who became the figurehead for the campaign to leave the European Union, has been one of her loudest critics, describing her plans to keep close ties with the bloc as "deranged" and little more than a bid to turn Britain into a vassal state.

But Wednesday's speech seemed to have gone down well among the party faithful.

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The Prime Minister referred to the National Health Service 14 times, compared with 11 direct mentions of Brexit.

"Some markets are still not working in the interests of ordinary people", she said.

Boris Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary over Brexit concerns, described May's proposals as "publicly humiliating" during his speech to the conservative conference a day earlier.

May and her team are braced for a gruelling set of discussions: with EU leaders, with her parliamentary partners in the DUP, and with the European Commission, all the while withstanding ferocious friendly fire. For this reason, let's explore each of the prominent topics in her speech.

He said he would be meeting with local party members to discuss their views on the party conference, Chequers and Brexit.

She added: "And that means two things". She mixed optimism with a show of determination in a sweeping hour-long address.

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 a message to voters tired of belt-tightening, the PM said: "Because you made sacrifices, there are better days ahead".

"This is our proposal: taking back control of our borders, laws and money". Did she take into account "the people" from different countries, who have lived here for years or only those with British passports? Good for jobs, good for the Union.


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