Brexit Talks: May defends Brexit plan, hits back at critics

Larry Hoffman
October 4, 2018

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.

"Will employers now make a distinction between the types of people who they would be willing to hire - whether they are married or whether they have children?"

Many Conservatives expect her to face a leadership challenge soon after Brexit day - or even before.

"The British people need to know that the end is in sight and our message to them must be this: We get it", she said.

The move is the latest setback for Mrs May in a week which has seen 1,500 activists at the party conference in Birmingham give a standing ovation to Boris Johnson after he declared her Brexit plans a "constitutional outrage". "At the same time we are training up British people for jobs of the future", said May, cited by BBC.

The claim comes after Theresa May announced on Monday at the Conservative Party Conference that Europeans seeking to visit the United Kingdom on holiday post-Brexit would "have to submit to security and criminal records checks before they arrive".

It was the most calamitous conference speech anyone can remember and it was hard not to feel sorry for Theresa May at that moment when everything that could have gone wrong did for the prime minister, who had arrived in the north politically vulnerable and desperately needing all the luck and reassurance she could get from her party after the humiliating election result four months earlier.

"Their latest plan is to hold a second referendum. For the first time in decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who we want to come here", May said in a statement.

If May doesn't have any new ideas on the Brexit hurdles, her next speech might well be preceded by "SOS".

The DUP, which props up Theresa May's government, has ruled out backing any agreement which treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK.

In her crucial conference speech, the PM will make a direct appeal to mainstream Labour voters disillusioned by Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing agenda to switch to the "decent, moderate, patriotic" Tories.

May danced a little jig to the strains of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" as she approached the podium for her address at the ruling Conservative Party's annual gathering.

"We can not have either a customs border or a regulatory border down the Irish Sea", DUP leader Arlene Foster said. He argues that while she might not lead her party into the next general election, she still has the authority to define the parameters of what follows her and the future of the UK's relationship with the EU.

However, she conceded that immigration policy could be affected by Britain's future trade deals.

Britain will bring in a salary threshold for highly skilled workers' visas as part of its post-Brexit immigration system, interior minister Sajid Javid said on Tuesday.

The EU and Union flags.

She also took some subtle shots at Mr. Johnson, poking fun at a recent profane comment he made about business leaders by saying she also had a four-letter word for business - "back", as in "back business".

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