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Uniting a very divided kingdom

In a week from now, British Prime Minister Theresa May will leave office, her political career broken by Brexit. As she leaves behind an even more polarised country, whoever takes up the baton would do well to heed the appeal in her resignation speech - that both sides of the divide over membership in the European Union should strive to look beyond their differences for the greater good. "Life depends on compromise," she pleaded.

Arguably, Mrs May's downfall was in large part due to her own failure to compromise, having locked her government into a Brexit formula that ran aground repeatedly in Parliament. But it must be said that at least she tried doggedly to find a position that was acceptable to MPs of all parties and the EU. Worryingly, the results of the recent elections to the European Parliament and the opening shots of the Conservative Party candidates to succeed Mrs May suggest that compromise will be even harder to achieve.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2019, with the headline 'Uniting a very divided kingdom'. Print Edition | Subscribe