“Britain is a political and economic mess but comfortable in its skin”, Francis Ghilès (CIDOB, Barcelona)

Since the demise of Margaret Thatcher as UK prime minister in 1990, the hardliners in the Conservative party have never accepted any compromises on Europe and have been the nemesis of successive prime ministers, most notably John Major, David Cameron and Theresa May. Boris Johnson’s lies eventually sunk him while the financial markets spooked Liz Truss more ruthlessly than any conservative cabal could dream of. How the new prime minister, Rishi Sunak, deals with the Tories’ hardliners while fixing the economic mess will be the defining challenge of the first steps of his mandate.

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