They say a week’s a long time in British politics, but the three months that have passed since the referendum on Brexit have felt like eons. By early July, Brits had witnessed the resignation of their Prime Minister, of UKIP leader (and chief Brexiteer) Nigel Farage, and of almost all of the opposition Labour cabinet.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s two most likely successors, Chancellor Michael Gove and London Mayor Boris Johnson, flamed out of the Tory leadership race, leaving Theresa May, the last politician standing, and now Britain’s second female PM. While the trio she has installed in her new Brexit department — including Johnson as Foreign Minister — were all in favor of leaving the European Union, May herself, supported the Remain campaign.
Even so, she has been swiftly decisive on several fronts, the opposition Labour Party continues to wage its own bitter leadership battle. Brexit is really happening, May is adamant. There will be no parliamentary vote or second referendum on the decision. There will be no “running commentary” on negotiations about the terms of the departure. A key priority will be limiting immigration from Europe.
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