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A British Crisis of Confidence: COVID-19 in a post-Brexit Britain



In “A British Crisis of Confidence” published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Senior Fellow Julia Himmrich analyses the Coronavirus crisis against the backdrop of a crisis of confidence in post-Brexit Britain’s political leadership.

“The British public is now watching the National Health Service (NHS) trying to rise to the challenge after a decade of austerity. To make things worse, Boris Johnson’s initial misguided policy of ‘herd immunity’ left the public confused and uncertain about the government’s approach. The coronavirus outbreak hits the UK at a weak spot, its neglected health service. More than during the Brexit debate, this crisis is raising questions about where post-Brexit Britain is going. With Boris Johnson now hospitalised for coronavirus, the political leadership seems even more precarious.”

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