May’s Tories Head for New Civil War Over Europe

Bloomberg/Tim Ross & Alex Morales/06-12-17

The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party headed for a fresh civil war over Europe as Theresa May prepared for a showdown with her lawmakers that could hasten the end of her premiership.

The botched election campaign opened a new front in the Tories’ decades-long internal conflict over Britain’s membership of the European Union. Some of May’s most senior ministers are plotting to soften her approach to leaving the bloc, potentially keeping the country in the single market and customs union. By contrast, hard-line Brexit supporters are determined to force through the prime minister’s plans for a clean break.

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