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In her short premiership (19 months to date) Theresa May has experienced the highs and lows of politics. Her tenure divides into two halves. At first, she was lucky and carried all before her. David Cameron called a referendum in June 2016 on whether Britain should remain in the EU. It was a risk but he and most commentators thought his backing for Remain would prevail. The voters thought otherwise and voted 52-48 for Leave. Cameron immediately resigned and opened the way for an election for his successor. His expectation that he would serve until 2020 and then choose the time of his departure had been confounded.

May, the long-serving Home Secretary and Remainer (“on balance”), was joined by other five candidates in the leadership contest. Her closest rival was Boris Johnson, a star of the Leave campaign. But of her rivals, two were eliminated and three, including Johnson, withdrew, leaving her as the last candidate standing. She was elected without a final contest ; it was a corona...

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Dennis Kavanagh, « Preface », Observatoire de la société britannique, 21 | -1, 17-19.

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Dennis Kavanagh, « Preface », Observatoire de la société britannique [En ligne], 21 | 2018, mis en ligne le 01 novembre 2018, consulté le 19 septembre 2018. URL :

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