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The Strife Of the Party

Few people take Theresa May seriously as prime minister anymore. But the Tories are divided over Brexit, the economy—and who’ll replace her

Asked who would be the best prime minister this month, British voters put “not sure” in first place. On this, if on nothing else, the country is in agreement with Conservative lawmakers. The Tories have lost confidence in their leader, Prime Minister Theresa May. The problem is they don’t know who should replace her.

May’s authority has been hanging by a thread since the evening of June 8, when the snap election exit poll revealed she’d squandered an apparently impregnable lead over the opposition Labour Party and lost her parliamentary majority. In November alone, May has seen two cabinet ministers resign over separate scandals and her gaffe-prone Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson again stick his foot in his mouth on the subject of a British citizen imprisoned in Iran.

All of this would be easily fixed but for

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