Queues for Theresa May speech are bigger than Boris Johnson's

Queues for Theresa May speech are bigger than Boris Johnson's

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday unveiled a major post-Brexit overhaul of the UK's immigration system, which she said is aimed at a level playing field for nationals from all countries by ending "freedom of movement once and for all" for European Union (EU) citizens.

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. "Sometimes it comes out, sometimes she hides it away, but she is a really strong woman, a really strong Prime Minister and I really hope that comes across in the speech".

Asked about the Chancellor's reported remarks that if the United Kingdom operates on World Trade Organisation terms, checks at the border will be required, Foster said: "I have concerns".

"This is not democracy".

The UK would "take back control of our borders, laws and money... it's in the national interest".

Britain has promised to bring a new proposal to unlock a standoff over preventing the return of border checks between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland, possibly by compromising about regulatory controls on goods in exchange for Brussels embracing the use of technological fixes for customs checks. The Conservatives are divided over how to proceed, caught between Brexiteers like Johnson and those who want to keep close economic with the bloc, Britain's biggest trading partner.

Johnson's speech also ranged from health to housing and crime, in what was widely viewed as a pitch for his party's leadership.

May angered her fellow European Union leaders at a summit in Salzburg, Austria last month by depicting their choice as "Chequers or no-deal", one European Union diplomat said.

Mr Johnson suggested the authors of Chequers - which he initially supported before resigning in protest days later - should face prosecution for giving other nations power over Britain. His attacks on the prime minister suggest that he wants a second shot at the top job. And she will experience no voice malfunctioning issues either that would make it nearly impossible to watch or listen to what she is saying. He joked that a claim by Treasury chief Philip Hammond that Johnson would never be prime minister had "a distinct ring of truth".

Speculation is growing that London may accept some checks on goods passing between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

But with his shock of blond hair smoothed down, Johnson was in a sober, statesmanlike mode. But pro-Brexit members of May's Conservative government oppose any softening of the UK's stance.

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".

May's speech was welcomed by many in a party worn down by Brexit bickering.

The pressure she is under from some in the party was underlined less than an hour before she was due to speak when Conservative lawmaker James Duddridge said he had submitted a letter to the party's so-called 1922 committee, calling on her to resign.

"A party that conserves the best of our inheritance but is not afraid of change".

On Labour's party conference: 'I listened carefully to Corbyn last week, and it was astonishing that he had absolutely nothing to say about the wealth creating sector of the economy... the grafters and the grifters'.

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