Brexit: The Challenge for Theresa May

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12 July 2016
The University of Melbourne
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With Theresa May now Prime Minister, what might this mean for post-Brexit Britain? Some stability is returning to British politics, at least within the Conservative Party, after the resignation of the key proponents of the Leave campaign following the Brexit result.

Nigel Farage’s resignation, soon after that of David Cameron and Boris Johnson’s decision not to seek the Tory leadership, led to serious questioning of the tactics of the Brexit campaign, which Theresa May did not support.

The departure of the more strident Leave campaigners, who utilised a narrative of protection of sovereignty and of distinctiveness from the rest of Europe, did not allay concerns about the breakup of the UK and a recession in the offing. These are some of the problems facing Theresa May as she seeks to unite her party and the United Kingdom while attempting to negotiate with EU partners on the British exit.

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