European Union will not be given immigration priority after Brexit, Theresa May says

European Union will not be given immigration priority after Brexit, Theresa May says

Johnson suggested the party back one of May's earlier Brexit plans which he accuses her of ditching, and joked about a newspaper report that Finance Minister Philip Hammond did not think Johnson would become prime minister. And he floated a series of policy ideas, including halting the HS2 rail link and building a bridge to Ireland.

May has shown little sign of moving away from her blueprint, and had tried to put on a show of unity at her party conference in the central English city of Birmingham.

"This is a plan which ensures we deliver on the vote of the British people".

"I think the whole country will be listening and the whole country will be saying here is a guy that was deeply involved in securing Brexit in the first place who is basically saying that Chequers is a constitutional outrage, and it is", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

"If I have a function here today, it is to try with all humility, to put some lead into the collective pencil", Johnson said.

But Mrs May insisted: "I do believe in Brexit".

He added: "The reality is there is one clear plan out there for how to deliver on the referendum that respects what people voted for and delivers for our economy in the United Kingdom - the Chequers plan that we agreed and set out in the white paper does exactly that and I'm confident that the Prime Minister, in Europe over the next month or so, will negotiate a deal which she can bring back to Parliament that will get the support of people across Parliament and deliver for the United Kingdom".

With just six months before Britain leaves the EU, May's precarious position at the helm of her party has been further shaken by criticism of her plans at home and in Brussels. Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes: "we have everything we need to succeed", she will say.

Mrs May, who remains committed to the goal of cutting net annual immigration below 100,000, said the long-awaited Tory plans would be fair for "ordinary working people".

The Brexiteer managed his largest applause when he attacked May's Chequers deal, branding it as "not pragmatic, it is not a compromise".

"That is that Jeremy Corbyn is to wealth creation what Diane Abbott is to mathematics".

Johnson's full-blooded pro-Brexit rhetoric has wide support among Conservative Party members, though the speech was light on detail about his proposed alternative.

Mr Johnson, who quit the cabinet in July in protest at Brexit policy, was cheered by activists when he urged Mrs May to drop her plan for future co-operation with the EU.

"Many businesses are sitting on their hands frankly waiting to see what the out turn of this negotiation is before confirming their investment plans", he said.

"We are capable of managing this through".

The money raised would go towards measures to tackle rough sleeping.

Mr Hammond mocked his former Cabinet colleague by mimicking his style of speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, in which he predicted that Mr Johnson will never become PM.

"We want to capture that spirit for a new generation, celebrate our nation's diversity and talent, and mark this moment of national renewal with a once-in-a-generation celebration".

He used a Sunday Times interview to describe Mrs May's own policy on European Union withdrawal as "deranged" and "preposterous".

He reiterated his call for Britain to leave the EU without a withdrawal deal and negotiate a trade agreement similar to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

"It requires frictions at the border, it requires checks at the border - I think everyone recognises that and acknowledges that it doesn't do what it necessary to avoid those frictions that as I've described I think would set back our competitiveness", Mr Clark added.

Delegates queued for up three hours before the former Foreign Secretary spoke at the packed fringe event; his speech winning an enthusiastic reaction on a scale not seen so far inside the main hall.

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