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Professor Tim Bale, Boris Johnson and ‘Brexit minister’ resign, leaving government in disarray

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Professor Tim Bale commented on Boris Johnson’s resignation in The Washington Post. Professor Bale said that although May is in a difficult spot, “I don’t think it’s necessarily fatal for her — at the moment anyways.” He said the Conservative Party doesn’t really have the appetite for another general election — because of the ongoing Brexit negotiations and because Tories haven’t coalesced around a candidate to champion. Johnson has “still got a bit of a fan club, but I’m not sure he’s the pinup that he once was,” Bale said.
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