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  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May prepares her speech that she will deliver Wednesday at the Conservative party conference, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017. (Christopher Furlong/PA via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May prepares her speech that she will deliver Wednesday at the Conservative party conference, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017. (Christopher Furlong/PA via AP)
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  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, centre and husband Philip, arrive for the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, England, Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, centre and husband Philip, arrive for the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, England, Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)
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  • Delegates queue before attending a speech by the Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May, during the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

    Delegates queue before attending a speech by the Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May, during the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
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  • Britain's Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, holds his head as he delivers his speech at the Conservative party conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017. Johnson used his Tory conference speech to praise Prime Minister, Theresa May, and insist the Cabinet is entirely united behind her approach to Brexit. The Foreign Secretary, whose own "red lines" on Brexit have overshadowed the Conservative Party conference and led to calls for her to sack him from her Cabinet, paid tribute to the Prime Minister. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Britain's Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, holds his head as he delivers his speech at the Conservative party conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017. Johnson used his Tory conference speech to praise Prime Minister, Theresa May, and insist the Cabinet is entirely united behind her approach to Brexit. The Foreign Secretary, whose own "red lines" on Brexit have overshadowed the Conservative Party conference and led to calls for her to sack him from her Cabinet, paid tribute to the Prime Minister. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
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MANCHESTER, England -- 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.

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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."

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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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