PM dismisses Johnson's speech as a 'good show'

By Faisal Islam, political editor, and Greg Heffer, political reporter
Theresa May has admitted Boris Johnson "always puts on a good show" but dug in over her Brexit plan and told Sky News she is the one "delivering" for British people.
The prime minister launched a strong defence of her Chequers strategy for leaving the EU after her former foreign secretary ratcheted up his demand for her to "chuck" her proposals.Asked by Sky News' political editor Faisal Islam whether she had been hurt by Mr Johnson's description of her plan as an "outrage", Mrs May said: "Look, Boris always puts on a good show, but what matters to people is what we're delivering for them on the things that affect their day-to-day lives."The Chequers plan is a plan that delivers on the vote of the British people, it makes sure we take back control of our money, our borders, and our laws."

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In a speech to a packed fringe event at the Conservative Party conference earlier on Tuesday, Mr Johnson threatened to upstage Mrs May with his eagerly anticipated address to Tory members.At the end of a wide-ranging speech, viewed by some as his pitch to replace Mrs May, Mr Johnson called on government ministers to "softly, quietly and sensibly" try and force the prime minister into changing tack on Brexit.However, Mrs May insisted she is standing firm on Chequers as "the only plan on the table" and would not bow to Brexiteers' demands to divert to a Canada-style trade relationship with the EU.
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She said: "If you look back at the vote that took place in 2016, people voted to leave the EU."What was, I think, driving a lot of those votes for people who voted to leave was the desire to bring back control of our borders by bringing an end to free movement, we will do that."It's not negotiable, that's what the Chequers plan does."A desire to ensure we're not sending the vast annual sums of money to the EU. Control of our money, that's what the Chequers plan does."The desire to ensure we are in control of our laws, so we are not under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. That's what the Chequers plan does."So the Chequers plan delivers on all those, it also takes us out of the Common Fisheries Policy, takes us out of the Common Agricultural Policy, ensures that we're going to be able to be our own trade negotiator, negotiating trade deals around the world that are in our interests, not in Brussels' interests."But it does it in a way that protects jobs here in the UK, and protects the union of the UK."
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