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Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, takes part in a general election broadcast, London, May 29, 2017 (pool photo by Stefan Rousseau via AP).

In the U.K. Elections, a Post-Brexit Internationalist Vision Comes Into Focus

Monday, June 5, 2017

Is there any reason to feel good about this year’s miserable British election campaign? The process has been messy, cantankerous and punctuated by appalling acts of terrorism. With the opposition Labour party unexpectedly gaining ground on the ruling Conservatives, it is possible that this Thursday’s poll will leave Great Britain looking even more confused, less united and less consequential on the global stage.

Liberal internationalists should nonetheless take a soupcon of comfort from this rather poor exercise in democracy. Despite the storm of Brexit, the campaign has at least for now defused fears that the United Kingdom could renege on its long-standing commitment to international cooperation and multilateral institutions. All the main parties seem determined to preserve or boost Britain’s internationalist tradition. ...

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