Challenging Britain's May, Johnson to make party rallying cry

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Britain's former foreign minister, Boris Johnson, called on the Conservative Party to chuck out Prime Minister Theresa May's "Chequers" Brexit proposals which he said were an attempt to mislead British voters. And he floated a series of policy ideas, including halting the HS2 rail link and building a bridge to Ireland.

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 Chequers plan - named after her country residence - at home and in Brussels. And we have a guarantee for the people of Northern Ireland and we are upholding that. "I believe when the prime minister lands this deal and brings it back there will actually be a boost to the economy".

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

"If we get it wrong, if we bottle Brexit now, believe me, the people of this country will find it hard to forgive", Johnson told the hundreds of Conservatives who queued to get a seat in a hall just across from the main venue where May will address the party's annual conference on Wednesday.

To standing ovations, cheers and laughter, Johnson, May's most powerful critic in her governing party, said her so-called Chequers plan to leave the European Union was a "cheat" that would leave Britain "locked in the tractor beam of Brussels".

"If they've got counter-proposals, let's hear what those counter-proposals are", she said.

"What my mood is is to listen to what the European Union has to say about their concerns and then to sit down and talk them through with them".

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In a round of broadcast interviews ahead of Mr Johnson's arrival, Mrs May did not mention him by name and sought to divert discussion away from him.

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"I don't think we should caper insincerely on socialist territory".

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

Many commentators have described Mr Joihnson's wide-ranging speech as a blatant pitch for the Conservative leadership.

Johnson, who left the government during the summer over his opposition to May's Brexit plans and is the bookmakers' favorite to replace her, has declined to say whether he would challenge her for the leadership.

She took to the airwaves again after Johnson's appearance, telling Sky News dismissively that he "always puts on a good show" while she focuses on things that mattered to people's "day-to-day lives".

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Mr Davis confirmed he would vote against Chequers if it came before the House of Commons in its current form, but rejected Labour suggestions that defeat for Mrs May at the hands of Tory rebels would collapse the Government.

"We are capable of managing this through".

"The mood is undoubtedly that people want to do a deal with the UK", Hammond told the BBC on Monday.

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"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".

Her own future remains full of uncertainty.

Accusing Mr Johnson of lacking the attention to detail to succeed in "grown-up politics", he dismissed the "super-Canada" Brexit deal favoured by the former foreign secretary as a "fantasy world" plan.

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The problem for Johnson "is that he is becoming a politician who is incredibly well created to win the votes of paid-up members of the Conservative Party and is poorly positioned to win votes of anybody else", agrees the New Statesman's Bush.

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