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Peter Kellner: Theresa May could solve her Brexit crisis—by following in the footsteps of Neville Chamberlain

By resigning as Prime Minister but remaining party leader, May could ease a transition—and maybe even end her party's Brexit deadlock

By Peter Kellner  

Neville Chamberlain and Theresa May: history rhyming? Photo: PA/Prospect composite

The solution to Parliament’s immediate Brexit crisis may lie in recalling another crisis eight decades ago, and applying Mark Twain’s dictum that “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”

The parallel in question concerns the build-up to Neville Chamberlain’s resignation as Prime Minister in May 1940. With the papers speculating on Mrs May’s imminent downfall, it’s worth asking whether the two sagas might continue to rhyme.

On September 30, 1938, Chamberlain returned to London from meeting Hitler in…

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