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The Brexiteers Are Defeating Brexit

Some of the foremost proponents of the U.K. leaving the European Union have opted out of government rather than finish what they started.
Source: Hannah McKay / Reuters

While it is common for politicians to idolize Winston Churchill, Boris Johnson has gone further than most, writing a lengthy biography of the former prime minister—whose position Johnson clearly hopes to someday occupy. Where Churchill urged fighting on beaches, landing grounds, fields, streets, and hills, never surrendering, however, Johnson has distinguished himself recently by his eagerness to flee the field of battle after brief, backroom struggles.

On Monday, Johnson, , rather than back Prime Minister Theresa May’s compromise proposal for British departure from the European Union. It’s Johnson’s second dramatic departure in roughly.

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