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The Latest: UK's May Says Prepared for No Deal on Brexit

The Latest: UK's May Says Prepared for No Deal on Brexit

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 07:38 AM

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on Prime Minister Theresa May's keynote speech to her Conservative Party base (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the government is preparing for "every eventuality" in Brexit negotiations, including the possibility of them ending without a deal.

May says "it is profoundly in our interests for the negotiations to succeed" and result in a new relationship between the U.K. and the bloc.

But she says "it is our responsibility as a government to prepare for every eventuality. And let me reassure everyone in this hall — that is exactly what we are doing."

Both Britain and the EU have expressed impatience with the slow progress of Brexit talks, which are bogged down in details of the divorce agreement.

12 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized to Conservatives for the party's poor election result, saying it was "too scripted" and "too presidential."

May is addressing Conservatives at the close of the party's annual conference on Wednesday.

The mood has been dampened by the party's poor showing in June's national election, which saw the Tories reduced to a minority administration.

She said: "I led the campaign, and I am sorry."

May is trying to regain momentum by painting the government as a champion of aspiration. She says that for many Britons, "the British dream ... feels increasingly out of reach."

10:35 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will announce a plan for new government-built homes as she tries to restore momentum to her divided administration.

May's Conservative Party is in a sour mood after a June election saw it reduced to a minority government. The poor result left a weakened May struggling to unite the government around policies for Brexit and other issues.

May's office says she will close the party's conference Wednesday with a speech telling ministers to "shape up" and focus on "the daily lives of ordinary working people."

Deputy leader Damian Green says she will also announce "a return to council house-building."

That would be a major shift for the Conservatives, who have left house-building largely to the private sector.

Rising prices have made home ownership unaffordable for many.

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