Emmanuel Macron thinks he can halt Brexit, says Theresa May

Emmanuel Macron thinks he can halt Brexit, says Theresa May

Troy Powers
October 7, 2018

On the final day of her party's conference, May rallied members, trying to address their concerns that the Conservatives are becoming increasingly directionless under the weight of Brexit by calling on them to look to a brighter future. Well, optics-wise, there was very little coughing, and of course, she danced onto the stage to the tune of ABBA's Dancing Queen, laughing at herself in a neat self-referential bid to show the personality she's always been accused of lacking.

The most recognisable politician in the United Kingdom at the moment, Boris Johnson, also spoke on Tuesday, where he criticised Theresa May's Chequers plan and stated it would be detrimental to the UK. She emphasised it initially in the context of World War I commemoration, remarking that the lesson we ought to learn from that generation is "if we come together there is not limit to what we can achieve - our future is in our hands".

"I have not met a single MP who thinks she will lead us into another election after the last disastrous snap election".

"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".

Speaking to Tory delegates Wednesday, May focused on repairing party unity, Brexit and, of course, made obligatory attacks on the oppositional Labour Party.

After the arms runs between London and the leaders of the 27 at a summit in Salzburg at the end of September, Mr. Tusk, on Thursday called on the British to put aside the arguments "emotional" and show "respect" that they claim themselves in these negotiations.

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'.

Also, in an Animal Farmesque manner she went one step further on from the Labour Party talk of being 'for the many not the few' by saying that she wants to make the Tory Party for everyone, not just the few or the many.

She said: "Their latest plan is to hold a second referendum".

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Taking a swipe at hardline eurosceptic Mr Johnson, Mrs May said she was making decisions on Brexit in the "national interest" - a nod to her argument that her former foreign secretary's alternative Brexit proposals would tear the United Kingdom apart by placing Northern Ireland under European Union customs rules and thereby detaching it from the rest of Britain.

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

If there is one thing this conference has shown it's that the prime minister's authority within her own party is all but gone. "There must be no return", she said.

If May accepts the invitation, she will have a chance to convince her peers a breakthrough in the search for a negotiated Brexit is possible and a deal can be finalized before Britain leaves the bloc at the end of March.

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.

"It is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week", Mrs May said.

"And secondly, to seek a good trading and security relationship with our neighbours after we have left".

She attacked Corbyn personally over his handling of Labour's anti-Semitism crisis and his response to the Salisbury chemical weapons attack, when he appeared to cast doubt on the intelligence services' assessment that Russian Federation was behind it.

Brussels insists the Brexit divorce must include a legally-binding "backstop" to prohibit a restored "hard border" between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, an European Union member. Taking back control of our borders, laws and money. Good for jobs, good for the union.