Instability in Britain

Brexit turmoil continues to rock the British ship. Six years after a referendum that divided the country, instability is eating away at Parliament in Westminster. The Conservative Party, in power since 2010, is unable to agree on a credible vision for the future. Having greatly contributed to the devaluation of political speech and action, it descends into factional struggles worthy of a Shakespearean play.

Many moderate leaders have been marginalized by the one-upmanship in which Boris Johnson shone. Their ouster allowed personalities without stature to apply for leadership roles. Liz Truss, who has just resigned as Prime Minister, is the sad symbol of this. Appointed in September on the basis of an ultra-liberal program disconnected from the needs of the population and the expectations of the financial markets, it will have had a meteoric fate.

This deep crisis in the country that invented parliamentary democracy is not good news. The United Kingdom has historically had an exemplary role in the exercise of civil liberties and the rule of law. Its neighbors, including France, must establish a reliable and lasting cooperation with it. Although it is up to the British to find the path to renewal, one can only hope that realism and sincerity will return to London.

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