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Professor Philip Cowley, Theresa May, untested and ascending to manage ‘Brexit’



Theresa May took over on Wednesday as Britain’s prime minister facing a nation in such flux that she has a chance to leave a lasting imprint. But her steady and cautious public profile, and her swift, ultimately unchallenged ascent in the wake of the political chaos set off by the country’s stunning decision to leave the European Union, has left supporters and opponents alike lacking a clear sense of whether she is up to the job. But the circumstances also provide her with a fair amount of room to manoeuvre. “Within the Conservative Party some of her obvious foes have either been undermined, or have undermined themselves, so she does have a clear opportunity,” said Professor Philip Cowley.
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