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Theresa May’s post-Brexit, Euro-style governance reforms

Paul Hodgson | July 13, 2016

Brexit means Brexit, and we’re going to make a success of it,” doesn’t sound like the rallying call of a quiet “Remain” supporter, but Theresa May, who became Tory Prime Minister on Wednesday after her only remaining opponent Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the race, has repeated it over and over in interviews.

All the more odd then, that in the first speech inaugurating her national campaign in Birmingham on Monday 11 July, a national campaign that was over almost before it started, she should be touting German-style governance reforms. But that is what happened.

She was tough on business from the start; an unusual position for a Tory MP, never mind PM. Though it should be noted that she was not always thus, working against former business secretary Vince Cable’s more draconian executive pay restraints. However, business first drew fire from her because of their reaction to the Brexit vote, which was “not to plan for departure but criticise the result and complain...

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