The Speaker
Thursday, 18 July 2024 – 17:40

May urges Conservatives to unite behind her Brexit plan

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday where she warned that party divisions could cause Brexit to unravel.

Ms May promised her party that they could end austerity once and for all and see off the Labour Party if they were to unite behind her Brexit proposals.

She stated:

“If we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own visions of the perfect Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all.”

Instead of speaking about her controversial Chequers plan, she decided to speak about free trade and how it could “provide for friction-less trade in goods” and “protect our precious union”.

In a comment which may have been directed at Boris Johnson’s six point SuperCanada plan, she stated:

“No simple free-trade agreement could achieve that, not even one that makes use of the very latest technology.”

On Tuesday, ex-Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, formed a rally against Theresa May’s Brexit plan, which he claimed to be a “betrayal”.

As a response to this, May replied without mentioning Johnson’s name: “Leadership is doing what you believe to be right, and having the courage and determination to see it through, and that’s what I’ve been doing on Brexit.”

In an attempt to agree with Labour’s statement on the effects of austerity on public services, May has promised that after a decade of spending cuts, the government plans to increase public spending and investment.

“When we’ve secured a good Brexit deal for Britain, at the spending review next year, we will set out our approach for the future.
A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work has paid off.
There must be no return to the uncontrolled borrowing of the past. No undoing all the progress of the last eight years. No taking Britain back to square one.
But 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.


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