Brexit: EU's Tusk tells May to 'get down to business'

Jacob Rees Mogg attends a fringe event to discuss Brexit during the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham

The Tory party conference has been dominated by Brexit, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson launching a fresh attack against the Prime Ministers so-called Chequers plan for post-Brexit trade with the European Union, named after the British PMs country residence where it was agreed in July.

Yes, it took us a few goes before we could think about anything else.

"Our mission as Conservatives must be to show them that we can build an economy that does".

When British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed Conservative Party members on the final day of her party's annual conference Wednesday, everyone wanted to know what she thought about Brexit.

Ian Lavery, chair of the main opposition Labour Party, said: "While the country is crying out for real change, all Theresa May and her party offer are pinched ideas and tinkering around at the edges, relying on petty attacks to cover up their lack of vision".

The Conservative Party has spent the conference showcasing its divisions and May was obligated to try to paper them over. It was a reminder that the Northern Irish party with just 10 MPs is able to bend Mrs May's will its way. As she put it: "We need to come together now".

May also joked about her disastrous speech to the conference a year ago, in which she couldn't stop coughing and a sign fell behind her.

But the European Union is demanding new proposals from Britain before it signs a deal - and many Conservatives are in no mood to compromise.

Inside, the paper spoke of how Mr Johnson "plunged the knife in", and a leader column said that while the speech "pressed all the right buttons", its content was "deeply disloyal to the Prime Minister and profoundly unrealistic".

United Kingdom correspondent Rod Liddle told Mike Hosking Theresa May has most of her Cabinet and Conservative Party behind her.

"We are entering the toughest phase of the negotiations. First, honouring the result of the referendum. and secondly, to seek a good trading and security relationship with our neighbours after we have left".

She also clocked up more uses of the words "freedom" (15 compared with three for Corbyn), "security" (13 compared to six) and "opportunity" (eight compared to two).

Today Theresa May announced the future lifting of the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to start building houses again - I wonder how she extracted that concession from the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. Last month, Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler announced they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage - a move some saw as an attempt to neutralize potential stories about his private life before a leadership campaign. 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".

"Because for millions of people, their vehicle is not a luxury. A decade after the financial crash, people need to now that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work has paid off". "But if we stick together and hold our nerve I know we can get a deal that delivers for Britain".

If May accepts the invitation, she will have a chance to convince her peers a breakthrough in the search for a negotiated Brexit is possible and a deal can be finalized before Britain leaves the bloc at the end of March. If we all go off in our different directions...we risk ending up with no Brexit at all.' But was it enough to bind all the flailing, angry limbs of our political ecosystem?

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