British Prime Minister Theresa May said there would be dire consequences for Britain if it failed to get a good Brexit deal, adding “the coming five years would be among the most challenging in our lifetime”.
May made the remarks during a speech presenting her Conservative Party’s policy pledges to voters ahead of a June 8 parliamentary election the party is widely expected to win.
“Make no mistake, the central challenge we face is negotiating the best deal for Britain in Europe,” May said. “If we fail, the consequences for Britain and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire. If we succeed, the opportunities ahead of us are great.”
In another development, May said she stood within the mainstream of British Conservative party thought, rejecting the suggestion that she had a distinctive personal approach or wanted to be compared with Margaret Thatcher.
“There is no ‘Mayism’. I know you journalists like to write about it. There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government,” she said at a news conference to launch the Conservatives’ policy pledges before a national election she called for June.
The manifesto included a number of curbs on businesses, which contrast with the free-market approach taken by Thatcher, regarded by many Conservatives as their most successful leader since World War Two.