Getting onto the subject halfway through her hour-long speech, May delivered a thinly-veiled warning to would-be leadership challengers that if the Conservative party was split now "we risk no Brexit at all". In an upbeat message to activists and voters, she declared: "If we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve". He joked that a claim by Treasury chief Philip Hammond that Johnson would never be prime minister had "a distinct ring of truth".
LANGFITT: She actually did pretty well, Steve. But as she emerged to the strains of her favourite song, Abba's Dancing Queen, she looked like she was having the time of her life.
LANGFITT: Yeah, which is not a typical Theresa May move.
The Guardian's summary was that political commentators had generally been very positive, with some thinking it's her best yet.
But her bid to revitalize her domestic agenda and steal the initiative from the main opposition Labour Party has been overshadowed by the party splits over Brexit.
"Voting against a Chequers-based deal would be quite a high bar, I am not going to deny that". This is the way that she put it. Taking back control of our borders, laws and money. "It is in the national interest", she told the conference Wednesday.
"The country wants, seemingly, something different", O'Neill said.
"I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and that our future is full of promise", she will say when she addresses delegates at 10 a.m. United Kingdom time. Many took it as mocking May's assertion that the most mischievous thing she had ever done was run through a field of wheat as a child. And you've got to wonder if there might be a compromise down the line, although that could be embarrassing given the kind of speech that she just gave.
Tusk's office has invited May to address the other 27 European Union leaders on October 17, the eve of the summit that he has previously described as the "moment of truth" for Brexit negotiations. I believe people at least need to do their homework.
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"In Northern Ireland we've grown up with a lot of fears and issues that we've faced; frankly, being afraid of what Theresa May may do is not one of my biggest fears", Nigel Dodds, a DUP leader, told the Guardian this week.
Vince Cable, leader of the minority Liberal Democrats said: "As somebody who takes dancing seriously, I was delighted to see Theresa May show that she is developing her new hobby". Think for a moment what it would do to faith in our democracy.
"A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over", she said.
"Compare Jeremy Corbyn's behaviour to that of his predecessors", she said.
If Brexit resulted in a recession, Mr Johnson said, the Government could increase spending but more austerity would follow. Brexit was actually the smallest part of this speech.
Speaking to Tory delegates Wednesday, May focused on repairing party unity, Brexit and, of course, made obligatory attacks on the oppositional Labour Party. It's been a millstone around the neck of Conservatives. It is probably a relatively safe bet that this was May's last time addressing the Conservative Party conference as leader and prime minister. They felt like a government party in waiting. Their worst nightmare is being forced into a general election and losing to the Labour Party. They want a clean break.
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