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What time is Theresa May's speech at the Conservative Party Conference?

03 October, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Stefan Rousseau- PA Images via Getty Images               Theresa May dancing on a recent trip to Cape Town

We have to make the arguments for free markets, for open economies, and we have to recognise in doing that, that for some people as I said on the steps of Downing Street back when I first became Prime Minister, they do feel that things haven't been working for everyone in the way that they should.

"My fellow Conservatives, this is not democracy".

"Surely to goodness we can take this Tony Benn tribute act and wallop it for six", he said, referring to the late Labour socialist cabinet minister.

It's thought that the Prime Minister's closing speech will try to end the current infighting within the Conversatives, but when is it, and can you watch it on TV?

Ms May has shown little sign of moving away from her so-called Chequers plan, but after trying to display unity over Brexit at her party's annual conference in the city of Birmingham, Mr Johnson looked to have shattered those attempts.

In one of the most important speeches of her career, the Prime Minister will seek to rally her fractious party behind her by declaring that Britain's post-Brexit future is "full of promise".

"I think he really set the right tone, I was anxious he would be divisive and speak against the Prime Minister".

Raab said it was "unthinkable" that the United Kingdom government could be bullied by the threat of an economic embargo by the European Union and promised to deliver Brexit on the terms of the June 2016 referendum.

But he stopped well short of a direct challenge to her leadership, urging Tories to "back (her) in the best way possible", by encouraging her to ditch the plan agreed at her country residence and return to her earlier hard Brexit blueprint.

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Ranting before MEPs on Tuesday, arch-liberal and federalist Guy Verhofstadt also personally attacked senior members of the Tory Party and rejected proposals from leadership favourite Boris Johnson to extend the Article 50 process.

Mr Johnson's demand for the PM to "chuck Chequers" has echoed around the corridors and fringe meetings at a gathering riven by profound differences over the best approach to Britain's European Union withdrawal.

Ahead of his conference appearance, he was pictured out jogging, in what some interpreted as a "parody" of Mrs May's claim that the "naughtiest" thing she did as a child was to run through a field of wheat.

Mrs May will be hoping her big keynote speech goes more smoothly than past year 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.

But in an explicit warning that a hard Brexit would derail future spending plans she said this could only happen "when we've secured a good Brexit deal for Britain". May, just change her Brexit plan.

"Do not believe that we can somehow get it wrong now, bodge it now and fix it later", he said to cheers.

Ian Livermore, 65, from south Gloucestershire said the speech was "superb" and showed why Johnson should be leader.

"He wanted to tear up our guarantee to the people of Northern Ireland. Our [Brexit plan] does that, it's the only plan on the table at the moment that does".

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