Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

May appeals for party unity as Brexit deadline nears

May appeals for party unity as Brexit deadline nears

But in the side rooms, several members of parliament, influential, and first and foremost the eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former minister of Brexit, David Davis, and the former head of the british diplomacy, Boris Johnson, have called for abandoning Chequers and proposed instead a free trade agreement similar to that signed between the European Union and Canada.

"It's important to support the only politician I can see who is actively campaigning to give people the Leave that they voted for", said Colette Wyatt-Lowe, 71, a councillor from the outskirts of London, while queueing to hear Johnson speak. 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.

All eyes may be on Theresa May as she addresses the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Wednesday - but numerous paper's column inches are dedicated to a fellow top Tory: Boris Johnson.

May also name-checked a range of Labour politicians - including Diane Abbott, Jo Cox, Neil Kinnock and Clement Attlee - as she tried to paint the Conservatives as the home for "moderate, patriotic" voters.

"He is absolutely right about the threat that Chequers poses to our democracy, our country and ultimately the fortunes of the Conservative Party if we stick with it", Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative lawmaker, said. "Those of us who do respect the result, whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago, need to come together now".

"Rigorous debate between political opponents is becoming more like a confrontation between enemies", she said. But pro-exit members of May's Conservative government oppose any softening of the U.K.'s stance.

Theresa May will round off the Tory conference with an attempt to raise party morale and convince activists that the Conservatives are about more than Brexit.

"We are entering the most hard phase of the negotiations", underlined the leader of the uk.

"We need a strong leader and we haven't got that at the moment", Duddridge told the BBC.

Today Theresa May announced the future lifting of the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to start building houses again - I wonder how she extracted that concession from the Chancellor, Philip Hammond.

May also addressed the country's housing crisis.

"Because for millions of people, their vehicle is not a luxury".

"If we get it wrong, if we bottle Brexit now, believe me, the people of this country will find it hard to forgive", he told attendees, adding "If we get it wrong, if we proceed with this undemocratic solution, if we remain half in, half out, we will protract this toxic tedious business that is frankly so offputting to sensible middle-of-the-road people who want us to get on with their priorities".

In a "no-deal" world the most likely impact would be a drastic fall in consumer and business confidence in the months following Brexit.

No longer calling it "the Chequers deal" after badges bearing the slogan "chuck Chequers" have sold a job lot at the party conference, the new "free trade deal" she said, is the only way of securing a decent future.

"If you look at such a mild-mannered guy as our present foreign secretary, to have said the kind of thing he said about the EU being like the Soviet Union, it is completely geared towards this very small thing called the Conservative Party membership". He will set out the overall direction of public spending in this autumn's finance statement, with a review to distribute the funds to departments to follow next year.

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