British Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech Wednesday designed to boost confidence over the country's future once it leaves the European Union (EU) – and to brush off her biggest critic and rival, formerForeign Secretary Boris Johnson.
May said Britain's post-Brexit future is "full of promise" and that the country "has everything we need to succeed" when she addressed party delegates on the last day of the Conservative Party's annual conference in Birmingham, England.
Her speech, entitled "Our Future Is In Our Hands," showed that May was seeking to unite warring factions within the party — namely, those that favor a "hard" Brexit, those that never wanted to leave the economic and political bloc, and those that are reconciled to leaving the EU but want to remain closely aligned to the continent.
May alluded to differences in her party. "Leadership is doing what you believe is right and having the courage and determination to see it through and that's the approach I've taken on Brexit. We've had disagreements in this party about Britain's membership of the EU for a long time, so it's no surprise we've had a range of different views expressed this week," she said.
May told delegates that Britain's "best days lie ahead of us" and that countries across the world stand ready to trade with the U.K. once it leaves the EU on March 29.
"I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and that our future is full of promise," she said, when she addressed delegates around midday U.K. time (7 a.m. ET). "Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes — we have everything we need to succeed."