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Will Brexit break the Conservatives?

They’ve come through war, the end of Empire and not a few spats about Europe. But just occasionally a special sort of row arises—one that truly sinks the Tories

By Tom Clark   July 2018

What does it mean to be a Conservative? For Lord Salisbury, it was about standing firm against the “army of so-called reform.” For Disraeli, in some moods at least, it was about healing the rift between England’s two nations. And for Tony Hancock, it was an acceptable patriotic alternative to giving blood.

The lack of any agreed answer hasn’t stopped the tribe that bears the Conservative name from being, in England at least, the natural party of government; it has been a source of great adaptability and advantage. But today, as…

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