The Conservative party of Great Britain chose Theresa May as its leader this week, which triggered her accession to the office of Prime Minister. In addition to political challenges, she faces constitutional ones as well. The vote by the British people to leave the European Union has enormous ramifications for sovereignty, parliamentary supremacy and the rule of law. It may also trigger a revival of the independence movement in Scotland. The incoming P.M. reaffirmed her commitment to social justice, outlining the many challenges globalization has created for the body politic. The peaceful transfer of power is always impressive. This one, in the world’s oldest parliamentary democracy, where the new leader is committed to a policy she voted against in the referendum, is particularly so.
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