'Chuck Chequers': Boris Johnson denounces May's Brexit plan at party gathering

'Chuck Chequers' - Boris Johnson calls on Theresa May's party to return to 'traditional values'

'Chuck Chequers' - Boris Johnson calls on Theresa May's party to return to 'traditional values'

Boris Johnson, one of Britain's most prominent Brexit campaigners, said Prime Minister Theresa May's party had lost its confidence and called on Conservatives to champion the free market to keep the opposition Labour Party out of power.

"It would mean that United Kingdom business and industry, our entire economy, would be exposed perpetually to regulations that might have been expressly designed at the behest of foreign competitors to do them down", Johnson told the Conservative Party conference in the English city of Birmingham.

The councillor for Stratford-Upon-Avon was reacting to Boris Johnson's conference speech, which she said was "full of substance".

"If we cheat the electorate, and Chequers is a cheat, we will escalate the sense of mistrust", he said.

"We must show everyone in this country that we are that party", Mrs May will declare.

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister, saying that she was "incapable" of providing the strong leadership the party needs.

Mr Johnson's demand for the PM to "chuck Chequers" has echoed around the corridors and fringe meetings at a conference gathering riven by profound differences over the best approach to Britain's European Union withdrawal.

The room erupted into cheers when he said Ms May needed "to chuck Chequers", as her Brexit proposals are known.

In what may be seen as a swipe at Mrs May's focus on righting "burning injustices" in society, he will urge the party not to "ape Corbyn" but to "take basic conservative ideas and fit them to the problems of today".

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Questioned again later on BBC Radio 4's Today about how she felt that her former colleague appeared to be mocking her, she replied: "What I feel is that I, and this government, and this party, are getting on with the important job. of getting a good deal for the United Kingdom when we leave the European Union".

'My fellow Conservatives, this is not democracy.

"Surely to goodness we can take this Tony Benn tribute act and wallop it for six", he said, referring to the late Labour socialist cabinet minister.

The Prime Minister will also make a direct appeal to mainstream Labour voters disillusioned by Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing agenda to switch to the Tories.

Ian Livermore, 65, from south Gloucestershire said the speech was "superb" and showed why Johnson should be leader.

"I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and that our future is full of promise", she will say, according to pre-released extracts of her speech.

Ranting before MEPs on Tuesday, arch-liberal and federalist Guy Verhofstadt also personally attacked senior members of the Tory Party and rejected proposals from leadership favourite Boris Johnson to extend the Article 50 process.

Johnson suggested the party back one of May's earlier Brexit plans which he accuses her of ditching, and joked about a newspaper report that Finance Minister Philip Hammond did not think Johnson would become prime minister.

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