EU parliament's vote on Brexit was 'expected', says British PM May

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Theresa May and her Cabinet weren't there to witness it, but the party members gathered to watch the Boris Johnson show were left in no doubt that this was a Foreign Secretary on retreat.

However, the damaging legacy of Mrs May's decision to call a snap election is not just the loss of a parliamentary majority and her personal authority, but also the Conservatives' control of the narrative.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured British Conservatives Tuesday that he supports "every syllable" of Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for Brexit.

Juncker last week said it would take "miracles" for talks next week to unblock a move to a new phase by the end of this month, let alone in time for European Union national leaders to approve such a shift when they meet for a summit on October 19-20.

Late on Monday night, Johnson emerged to say he was behind "every comma, every full stop, every syllable of the prime minister's excellent Florence speech", which he had undermined last month with his own 4,200-word essay on how the United Kingdom should manage the divorce.

To that end, she's tried to move the Conservative message off Brexit, an effort frustrated by Johnson's interventions.

"All she can do is earn (the party's) tolerance for another year or two, until such time as they decide that it's time for her to go", said Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London.

"Today I announce the next steps in that mission - with more help for students and graduates with tuition fees and billions of pounds of investment that will help thousands more people get a home of their own".

Among Conservative MPs who oppose Brexit, there is also little time for manoeuvrings by Johnson, who is known for his gaffes. This country has seen far too much spending on pointless projects and can not afford it. The Foreign Secretary is himself facing calls for his removal after making his own demands for Brexit policy public, in what was seen as another direct challenge to Mrs May's leadership.

MANCHESTER ENGLAND- OCTOBER 01 Police officers stand in front of a poster on the first day of the annual Conservative Party conference
Image Delegates at the Tory conference showed signs of Boris fatigue

Last week, the Labour Party smashed it with their united, cult-like, and momentum-fuelled party conference, but the Tories clearly do it better. "That's why we have to stop it", added Stevens.

'We have not yet made the sufficient progress needed, ' Juncker said.

"What we are hearing from business is a plea".

In his speech to the conference, Hammond acknowledged that "investment has slowed as businesses wait for clarity". A second cabinet minister, asked about Johnson, dismissed his ambitions as an irrelevance, saying he'd missed his chance.

"There is absolutely no appetite for a leadership election now".

Mr Hammond said: "Young people are anxious that life will be harder for them than it was for their parents - owning a home is a key part of that".

"Most people can't understand what this conversation is all about".

Chief Superintendent John O'Hare, who is leading the Greater Manchester Police operation for the conference, said up to 30,000 people took part in protests in the city centre.

"Changing horses in midstream is asking to fall off", he said.