PM shimmies into conference speech then blasts Corbyn & ridicules Johnson

European Council President Donald Tusk and Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar
underlined the need for more intense Brexit negotiations in the run up to an October 18 European summit

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All eyes may be on Theresa May as she addresses the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Wednesday - but numerous paper's column inches are dedicated to a fellow top Tory: Boris Johnson.

British Prime Minister Theresa May stole the show as she brought the four-day Conservative Party Conference to a close Wednesday in Birmingham.

There was no mention of the ex-foreign secretary, who won thunderous applause from 1500 activists as he called on her to "chuck" the Brexit plan agreed at her country residence in July. But she said the deficit was nearly gone and we would soon start seeing the huge national debt being paid off.

But Mr Dodds told ITV's Robert Peston the idea would not work - despite rumours Britain is prepared to make concessions to get closer to the European Union position.

May's public battle with Johnson comes only two weeks before she must return to Brussels in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock and reach a deal. Dismissing calls for a so-called "people's vote", the British PM said any second referendum over the issue of Brexit would be a "politicians' vote" as the people had already given their verdict in the 2016 referendum.

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.

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But she did her best to appear relaxed as she sashayed on to the stage to Abba hit Dancing Queen and joked about the coughing fit and collapsing stage backdrop which marred her calamitous conference speech in Manchester a year ago.

Her words were aimed at easing the growing frustration of some Conservatives who openly say their party is directionless, unable to set an agenda against the divisive rows over Brexit. "I think that's in the interests of Ireland, the European Union, and the UK".

Asked if that meant Labour was no longer committed to enacting Brexit, Mr Corbyn added: "Our party is determined to protect people's jobs and living standards and ensure that trade relationship with the EU". But we had the people's vote and the people chose to leave, ' she said. A catastrophic deal for us would be a border down the Irish Sea, which over a period of time could lead to a continuing divergence between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Many Conservatives expect her to face a leadership challenge soon after Britain leaves the bloc - or even before. On housing, alongside charging higher rates of stamp duty for foreign investors, and putting that money into preventing rough sleeping, May announced a scrap of the cap on council borrowing to make homes.

British Prime Minister Theresa May told her fractured Conservative Party on Wednesday to abandon dreams of a "perfect" Brexit and back her as divorce negotiations with the European Union enter their "toughest" final phase. She acknowledged that this would cause an increase in public debt. "'I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and the future is full of promise", she said, with the implied caveat that it's her way or chaos. May also name-checked The Bodyguard, admitting she's been too busy with Brexit to watch it: "'[Politics is] not always glamorous, I've seen the trailers for the bodyguard and let me tell you, it wasn't like that in my day".

"It is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week", Mrs May said.

May's leader's speech confounded expectations in some respects with its confident delivery and refusal to engage, except lightly, in some of the key issues filling the news cycle.

He also said that if the country bottled Brexit now, the people will find it hard to forgive.

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