Will Boris Johnson be able to make an election all about Brexit?
Politics Explained: If Britain does go to the polls, the PM will find controlling the narrative no easy task, says Ashley Cowburn
Rather than cabinet ministers setting out their departmental priorities for the coming year, hammered home in every carefully crafted speech will be the government’s commitment to deliver Brexit by Halloween, “do or die”.
The three-day gathering of the party faithful in Manchester will be a rally for Brexit and a likely taste of how the Conservatives intend to fight any general election campaign that may follow. Given Labour’s recent equivocating on the issue, it is the battleground on which Johnson will want to tackle Jeremy Corbyn.