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Britain’s Labour Party Could’ve Had a Good Summer—If It Could Have Stopped Fighting With Itself

The Conservatives’ problems are an opportunity for a united opposition to step up. But the U.K. doesn’t have a united opposition.
Source: Phil Noble / Reuters

LIVERPOOL—It’s been a long, turbulent summer for British Prime Minister Theresa May. Heck, it’s been a long year. From her ill-fated decision to call for a general election last summer (one that, rather than adding to her ruling Conservatives’ majority, lost it completely) to the party infighting, Brexit battles, and cabinet resignations that have followed since, May has spent much of the past year and a half lurching from one seemingly impossible crisis to the next. Throughout, she has proven herself profoundly weak, yet surprisingly stable.

It’s an opportunity, perhaps, for a united and organized opposition to step up. But Britain doesn’t

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