May confirms European Union immigration restrictions after Brexit

Glen Norman
October 4, 2018

Finger-wagging: Boris Johnson addresses delegates at the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham.

May, who landed the top job by an "odd chance" to borrow the Economist's less than charitable phrase (even though she personally voted Remain) sadly is neither extraordinary nor is she transformative.

"If we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own visions of the flawless Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", she said. "There will be a salary threshold for high skilled workers, I can't tell you what it is today because we haven't decided and we will be setting it out - it needs a bit more work - we will be setting it out in the white paper shortly in the autumn", Javid told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference.

Her main Tory rival, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, has called the plan deranged and a sellout of Brexit. "We're looking to negotiate movement of people for those purposes".

Mrs May acknowledged, however, that a no-deal Brexit would be a "bad outcome for the United Kingdom and the EU".

But she insisted the option of leaving the European Union without an overall deal must be kept on the table.

The Prime Minister, who banished memories of her disastrous conference speech previous year by shimmying on stage to the tune of Abba's Dancing Queen, sought to turn some of the political spotlight onto her domestic agenda.

She said: 'It would be tough at first, but the resilience and ingenuity of the British people would see us through'.

On the final day of her party's annual conference, May sought to rally members by addressing their concerns that the Conservatives are becoming increasingly directionless under the weight of Brexit, urging them to look to a brighter future.

The two politicians are vying for the affections of the party faithful amid increasingly bitter clashes over Brexit.

In any contest, Mrs May would need to secure the backing of half her parliamentary party - 158 MPs - to continue as leader.

Ms Foster had said it was "deeply frustrating" to hear remain voters and European Union officials talk about Northern Ireland and saying the Belfast Agreement could not be changed.

May is urging her fractious Conservative Party to unite and help her seal a deal with the bloc.

She argues that her plan is the only way to avoid customs checks along the now invisible border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland - a development that would be troublesome for residents and businesses on both sides, and could undermine Northern Ireland's peace process.

However, she conceded that immigration policy could be affected by Britain's future trade deals.

Speaking to BBC Radio Four at the Conservative Party conference, Foster said "There can not be a border down the Irish Sea, a differential between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK".

Many have moved to criticise Foster for her choice of language, given that Northern Ireland's history is one of much bloodshed.

She also took some subtle shots at Mr. Johnson, poking fun at a recent profane comment he made about business leaders by saying she also had a four-letter word for business - "back", as in "back business".

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