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Undaunted, May holds line on Brexit as chaos swirls

Joe Mont | November 15, 2018

There was a very British drop-the-mic moment at the conclusion of Theresa May’s press conference on Thursday to address Brexit and its increasing complications: a self-comparison of the beleaguered prime minister to cricketer Geoffrey Boycott.

May, an avowed cricket fan, was asked about her diminishing odds of success as she tries to shepherd through the United Kingdom’s separation from the European Union. “You're a long, long way off getting the number of runs that you need, but your batsmen are dropping like flies,” a reporter asked. “Is there any number of wickets that will fall in your cabinet before you resign as Captain?”

May’s response was to name-drop the famed Yorkshire batsman. “You know about Geoffrey Boycott? Geoffrey Boycott stuck to it. And he got the runs in the end,” she said.

That final quip fit within the general message May sought to hammer out as she spoke outside 10 Downing St. The public, she said, is looking to the Conservative party to...

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