British PM May pledges to fight for the working people

Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves after addressing delegates at the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC, in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP)

London - The British Prime minister Theresa May called on Britain to ‘seize the day’ as the country prepares to quit the European Union.

In her closing speech to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, May declared the UK had been handed a chance to write a new future as the government begins divorcing from EU obligations and begins to bring power back to Westminster.

May vowed that a change is going to come following the historic referendum result on June 23 which she described as a quiet revolution in Britain. “We are leaving to become once more a fully sovereign, independent country and the deal is going to have to work for Britain.”

She admitted the upcoming Brexit negotiations would be tough but repeated her pledge to take back control of immigration from Brussels and remove Britain from the jurisdiction of the European court of Justice to protect British soldiers from spurious claims of misconduct in future conflicts.

The Prime Minister set herself up as a champion of consumers against the rich and powerful who shirk their societal duties. She spoke of the frustration felt by ordinary rule-abiding citizens when tycoons cheat consumers or betray their own employees.

May’s speech signaled a new political strategy targeting millions of voters outside London who voted for Brexit, and who feel worried about immigration or who think they are not getting a fair share of the country’s prosperity.

In a clear departure from previous Tory leaders since Margaret Thatcher, she said: “While the government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good; the state exists to provide what individuals, communities and the markets cannot and t we should employ the power of the government for the good of the people.”

May is trying to attract working-class votes and to occupy the ideological center ground that has been dominated for decades by Labour, building a Britain that is going to be a global Britain after Brexit.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52