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

04 October 2018

The issue of migration continues to be a highly contentious one, with control over borders to end free movement of people from member-countries having played a crucial part in the campaign for leaving the European Union in the June 2016 Brexit referendum.

Dancing onto the stage in the city of Birmingham to ABBA's "Dancing Queen" and a standing ovation, May poked fun at herself after her dance moves were mocked on a trip to Africa and after last year's conference when her speech was disrupted by a coughing fit, a stage intruder and a collapsing background set.

Under the EU's current free movement rules, citizens from within the 28-member economic bloc have so far been able to enter the United Kingdom freely and look for work on arrival as opposed to strict visa norms that apply to non-EU workers from countries like India.

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With no agreement with the bloc over the terms of divorce or a future trade relationship, the last day of the conference marked the beginning of what some officials predict will be a frenzied couple of weeks of diplomacy between London and Brussels as the two sides try to pin down a deal. But pro-Brexit members of May's Conservative government oppose any softening of the UK's stance.

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Conservative lawmaker James Duddridge on Wednesday called the Brexit negotiations "an absolute disaster" and said Johnson's speech had been "inspirational".

"Either a deal that keeps us in the European Union in all but name, keeps free movement, keeps vast annual payments and stops us signing trade deals with other countries", she said.

The UK and the European Union agree there must be no customs checks or other barriers along the now invisible border between the UK's Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

A rebellion by the DUP, or indeed by even a small number of Conservative MPs, could be enough to kill the deal, potentially causing chaos.

In a brutal speech at the annual Conservative Party conference, Johnson blasted his fellow Tory, saying her approach is not only "politically humiliating" but "a cheat" against everyone who voted for Brexit.

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The crucial address comes one year, nearly to the day, since her catastrophic conference speech in Manchester, where she suffered a stage invasion by a comedian, a persistent cough and a collapsing backdrop. She sought to exploit divisions in the Labour party, claiming she could see "the heirs of Hugh Gaitskell and Barbara Castle, Denis Healey and John Smith", in today's Labour party - but not on the frontbench.

May says that government debt- and deficit-cutting policies have worked, but after a decade of stagnating wages and spending cuts, "the British people need to know that the end is in sight".

She painted an optimistic picture of post-Brexit Britain, saying "our future is full of promise".

His language was relatively restrained, with invective reserved for the opposition Labour Party, which he dismissed as "Hugo Chavez-loving, anti-Semitism condoning Kremlin apologists".

If May doesn't have any new ideas on the Brexit hurdles, her next speech might well be preceded by "SOS". The "decent, modest and patriotic" Tories are "not for the few, not even for the many, but for everyone willing to work hard and do their best", she will say. "It acknowledged the fact that our country is a strong and wonderful country", she said. "This has definitely increased my respect for her".

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With a satisfied smile, the president said the new name had a "good ring to it", repeating U-S-M-C-A several times . The new deal covered trade between the three countries worth $1.2bn and was "truly historic", he said.

Getting onto the subject halfway through her hour-long speech, May delivered a thinly-veiled warning to would-be leadership challengers that if the Conservative party was split now "we risk no Brexit at all".

Speaking at a DUP fringe event on Tuesday night, Foster said any extra checks would cause "difficulty" and added that she would be "reiterating" her position to the PM.

A vote will be triggered if 48 legislators ask for one.

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