UK's May tells party to drop dream of a 'perfect' Brexit

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With Britain set to leave the bloc on March 29, talks are stalled and a powerful pro-Brexit faction in May's party is urging her to be tough and, if need be, walk away without a deal.

"I do understand all the sensitivities from all the communities in Northern Ireland and we need to move this issue forward and we need to come to a resolution".

Foster was later asked if she would like to see a change in Prime Minister, in light of Boris Johnson's sustained attack on Theresa May's Brexit plan.

She was not plagued by the mishaps of last year's speech, which was dogged by a bad cough and falling signage onstage.

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

"They call it a 'People's Vote".

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'I am afraid we will make it more likely that the ultimate beneficiary of the Chequers deal will be the far right in the form of Ukip, ' he added. May out as leader, convinced there is no clear alternative and that Mr. Johnson isn't up to the job.

Taking a swipe at Johnson, May said she was taking decisions on Brexit in the "national interest", pressing her argument that her former foreign secretary's alternative Brexit proposals would tear the United Kingdom apart.

In her speech, she said: 'We have a Labour Party that, if they were in Government, would accept any deal the European Union chose to offer, regardless of how bad it is for the UK. One diplomat said the European Union should not waste too much trying to "connect the Birmingham deliberations with Brexit/Brussels reality, [which] appear to be two different things".

But Mrs May accused Mr Johnson of "tearing up our guarantee to the people of Northern Ireland" that there would be no hard Irish border, arguing that a Canada-style deal could not apply to the whole UK. Our Chequers plan does that.

British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson said the immigration system should be "demand-led" rather than based on a "cut-off line somewhere arbitrarily on salary or types of skills".

"For the first time in decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who we want to come here".

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However, the absence of a word that has turned toxic in Tory circles mirrored a trend on the conference platform over the last four days.

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"Equal marriage is going to happen - don't you think you should go down in history as someone confronted their party and said 'let gay people get married and share their love just as I do", said Jones.

Many ministers addressing the main stage in Birmingham have turned their sights on leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, a theme expected to be echoed by May.

On West Midlands mayor Andy Street: 'It is great to be here in Birmingham where so many thoroughfares in the city are already named after our superb Conservative mayor'. Brexit was always going to be an ugly, chaotic affair and it would have needed an extraordinary politician and a transformative prime minister to navigate the brutal dilemmas caused by Cameron's colossal misjudgement in promising a simple in/out European Union referendum.

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