Brexit Secretary Denies DUP Has The Whip Hand In EU Talks

Saul Bowman
October 4, 2018

Mrs May appealed for unity amid growing pressure from Brexiteers led by Boris Johnson, warning that "if we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own vision of the flawless Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all".

When Mr Jones claimed that most people in the Province disagree with her views, Mrs Foster said: "That could well be the case".

Mrs Foster fired off a warning to Mrs May that any plans to cede further ground to the European Union to allow a post-Brexit border in the Irish Sea would bring an end to the fragile deal that is keeping the Prime Minister in Downing Street.

The pound dropped 0.4% on the day to as low as $1.2963, close to yesterday's three-week low of $1.2941, before recovering to $1.2990 later.

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.

Earlier, a survey showed Britain's services sector kept up its steady growth in September but uncertainty about the economy remained high six months ahead of Brexit.

"We need a strong leader and we haven't got that at the moment", Duddridge said.

"If we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own visions of the ideal Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", May said in a warning to Johnson and others who aim to oust her or force her to change course.

Mrs May will be hoping her big keynote speech goes more smoothly than a year ago when a coughing fit forced her to stop on several occasions and she was also interrupted by a prankster who handed her a mock P45.

May faces challenges from her own party and from the small party propping up her minority government, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which has repeated that it will not accept a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

She made a grab for traditionally Labour territory by saying that the NHS "embodies our principles as Conservatives" and boasting of the presence in the Tory front ranks of immigrant's son Sajid Javid, former Barnardo's girl Esther McVey and lesbian mother-to-be Ruth Davidson.

She said it would be tough at first, but Britain's "resilience and ingenuity" would see it through.

The prime minister is also preparing new proposals on a plan B to keep the frontier open if and until a new trade deal could be agreed with the EU.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said Mrs May had given clear guarantees to protect all parts of the Good Friday Agreement around Brexit negotiations. "It's not taking back control".

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, she said, would "outsource our conscience to the Kremlin". 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.

Ms Foster had said it was "deeply frustrating" to hear remain voters and European Union officials talk about Northern Ireland and saying the Belfast Agreement could not be changed. "I voted Brexit because I had faith in my country and wanted sovereignty, and he answered that question".

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