Out of the EU and into the global arena will fix May’s mess

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Out of the EU and into the global arena will fix May’s mess

The outgoing British PM’s mistakes have left a disastrous legacy for her successor

Con Coughlin

While Brexit is the defining issue in the Tory leadership contest in the UK, it is also essential that other key factors are considered in the race to become the country’s next prime minister, such as whether they have the statesmanlike qualities needed to restore its global stature.

For, irrespective of how the Brexit process ultimately plays out, the next Downing Street incumbent will have his or her work cut out restoring Britain’s standing in the world, after the significant diminution of the country’s status as a world power has suffered in the three years since Theresa May became prime minister.

It is all very well May and her inner circle of advisers using Brexit as an excuse for this steady erosion in British influence...

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