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President Trump, Unloved in Britain, Still Tries to Play Kingmaker


The era of Mrs. May styling herself as Mr. Trump’s opposite while pulling from his playbook is over. With the spectre of Nigel Farage and his upstart Brexit Party looming as an existential threat, big sections of the Conservative Party seem to believe that the best way to turn the page on her disastrous tenure is by choosing a leader who is unafraid to emulate the leader across the Atlantic. “It really smacks, I think, of how desperate these candidates are, and what desperate straits the party is in, that they’re prepared to indulge Trump in the kind of things he’s saying and doing,” said Tim Bale, a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. “A lot of the constraints have come off British politics. Whether they’ve come off permanently, or whether it’s because the Conservative Party is at panic stations, is something only time can tell.”

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