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Trouble on the horizon?

Rachel Sylvester is right to ask if the Tories face armageddon in the wake of the European Union referendum (“Armageddon for the Tories?” June). Allowing Conservative Cabinet ministers to campaign against one another is without precedent. When the party divided over its trade and fiscal policy in the early 1900s, several Cabinet ministers resigned so that they could campaign with impunity for and against free trade. The effect was still “blue on blue” attacks, three general election defeats in succession and a lurch to the right. It took the upheaval of the First World War to restore the Conservatives’ political fortunes.

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In Prospect’s August issue: Rachel Sylvester argues that the EU referendum has started a re-alignment of British politics while Roger Scruton and Jay Elwes say that it has thrown Britain into a bout of self-examination with the fundamental question of who we are as a nation at its centre. In addition, Peter Mandelson says without reform the EU could fall victim to a populist uprising. Also in this issue: Philip Ball explores quantum entanglement, George Magnus looks at the political situation in Brazil ahead of the Olympics and Adam Mars-Jones unpicks the work of Steven Spielberg. James Cusick looks at the impact of the Chilcot report and Kathy Lette explains what the world would be like if she was in charge.
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