Tory chairman seeks to play down impact of Boris Johnson's conference appearance

05 October, 2018, 10:44 | Author: Edward Snyder
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The Tory party conference has been dominated by Brexit, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson launching a fresh attack against the Prime Minister's so-called Chequers plan for post-Brexit trade with the European Union, named after the British PM's country residence where it was agreed in July.

He added: "The reality is there is one clear plan out there for how to deliver on the referendum that respects what people voted for and delivers for our economy in the United Kingdom - the Chequers plan that we agreed and set out in the white paper does exactly that and I'm confident that the Prime Minister, in Europe over the next month or so, will negotiate a deal which she can bring back to Parliament that will get the support of people across Parliament and deliver for the United Kingdom".

On the sidelines, the likes of the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson have been actively working against her.

Mr Duncan Smith, who was ousted as leader in 2003 after little more than two years, said the Tory party "knows when it has to make a change, it gets to that point and it discovers that actually the party's collective intelligence is telling the leadership "you are in the wrong place".

Raab said the British plan "manages the risks of Brexit" and "grasps the opportunities", while keeping open the border with Ireland.

But the conference has been dominated by Brexit, with eurosceptic lawmakers attracting hundreds of Conservative members to their events on the fringes.

While Johnson's Brexit message was greeted with the greatest rapture, his attack on the opposition Labour Party and calls for the Conservatives return to its traditional values of low tax and strong policing were also enthusiastically received.

Scottish Tory MP Ross Thomson said Chequers was an "unmitigated disaster" and the Conservatives would face "severe" consequences at the ballot box for not properly delivering Brexit.




Signalling that she meant to remain in Number 10 for years to come, she said: "There's a long-term job to do".

He rejected as "total fantasy" the idea that it would be possible to "bodge" Brexit now and then negotiate a better deal after leaving in March 2019.

It is feared that will lead to the UK's ports and airports being thrown into chaos, and even a shortage in medicines as well as perishable foods.

A Lancaster House-style Brexit would be a "win-win" for both Britain and the EU, Mr Johnson said. However, critics said numbers could go up as more skilled migrants would be allowed in as businesses would be handed more power.

Having cancelled several speaking engagements this week, Mrs May will also be hoping to exorcise the ghost of last year's conference horror show when she suffered a lengthy coughing fit and was interrupted by a prankster.

"Simply because there's no future here for them, or the future is uncertain for them", he told the ABC.

In her keynote speech, the PM will tell delegates that Britain's "best days lie ahead of us" as countries across the world stand ready to trade with the UK. "I believe we can get a good deal and that's what we are working for".

He said customs checks at the borders would be dire, and the uncertainty would lead to a downturn in trade.

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