Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

UK's May seeks to rally party as Brexit pressures mount

UK's May seeks to rally party as Brexit pressures mount

Boris Johnson, one of Britain's most prominent Brexit campaigners, said Prime Minister Theresa May's party had lost its confidence and called on Conservatives to champion the free market to keep the opposition Labour Party out of power.

He was loudly clapped and cheered as he said: 'For one last time, I urge our friends in government to deliver what the people voted for, to back Theresa May in the best way possible - by softly, quietly, and sensibly backing her original plan.

"It would mean that whatever the European Union came up with in future. all this nonsense we would have to implement with no ability to change or resist", he said.

"We must show everyone in this country that we are that party", Mrs May will declare.

The Prime Minister will say that as Britain faces this "moment of opportunity", the Conservatives will always act in the "national interest" and put the needs of hard-working people first.

Mr Johnson, who became the figurehead for the campaign to leave the European Union, has been one of her loudest critics.

Mr Johnson will also use his speech to issue a clarion call to activists to "believe in Conservative values".

Mr Johnson renewed his attack on Theresa May's Brexit plan, describing it as a "cheat" that could lead to a boost for the far-right.

"They want to support a party that is decent, moderate and patriotic".

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Mr Johnson will pay only a flying one-day visit to a conference which has witnessed open warfare within the Tory party over Brexit, which critics say he has done nothing to calm.

Asked by LBC's Theo Usherwood whether she will queue to watch the Prime Minister speak tomorrow, she said: "I've queued for three hours to see every single Prime Minister since I've been at conference, and it's the first time I've had a doubt as to whether I'll bother".

His fellow Scottish Conservative MP, Ross Thomson, was among those to greet Mr Johnson at the event. Calling her strategy desperately wrong and humiliating for the country, Mr. Johnson told the crowd: "This is not pragmatic, it is not a compromise. That is not what we voted for", he said.

Mr Mundell added: "I don't think this is a time to be talking about leadership challenges, it is a time to be supporting our prime minister as she takes forward this incredibly hard task of getting a deal with the EU".

Ms. May has held back on criticizing Mr. Johnson, but on Tuesday, she said his speech had made her "cross".

The tweet said that Mr Mundell's son Oliver, a Conservative MSP, was "the sort of public speaker that makes you wish his dad had embraced his sexuality sooner".

The prime minister will also launch an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, claiming millions of non-Tory voters were anxious about "what he has done to Labour".

"We have a very, very strong leader in Scotland in Ruth Davidson who had a very significant contribution to make to this conference".

And he contrasted the "real excitement" at Mr Johnson's fringe speech with the "empty" main conference hall.

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