Sunday 11 December 2016

How will May unify the disunited kingdom?

Published 14/07/2016 | 02:30

'Yesterday, Theresa May became the UK's second female prime minister in a country riven by uncertainty. In her first briefing, she spoke of the need for unity' Photo: REUTERS / Dominic Lipinski / Pool
'Yesterday, Theresa May became the UK's second female prime minister in a country riven by uncertainty. In her first briefing, she spoke of the need for unity' Photo: REUTERS / Dominic Lipinski / Pool

To the true-blue Tory, Margaret Thatcher was the epitome of reason and consensus. It did not stop her leading the United Kingdom into industrial and actual war in edgy times. As the Iron Lady saw it: "I am extraordinarily patient - provided I get my own way in the end."

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Yesterday, Theresa May became the UK's second female prime minister in a country riven by uncertainty. In her first briefing, she spoke of the need for unity.

Mrs May has carefully cultivated an aura of dependability and unflappability, qualities which will be needed, given the turbulence she will face in the Brexit buffeting. Her unimpeachable record as an immensely experienced politician has won her wide respect. She will need every bit of it to engineer an orderly disengagement from Europe for the world's fifth-largest economy.

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