Think everything in British politics will calm down once the European Union referendum is over? Think again.
The campaign for the June 23 vote has split the governing Conservative Party down the middle, with implications for Britain’s government whatever the result. The fates of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are now tied to the outcome. Increasingly caustic exchanges between the opposing sides over the weekend, including three lawmakers openly calling for the prime minister to go, mean that bloodletting in the wider party looks unavoidable.
Most Conservatives are reluctant to speak about the issues on the record, but privately every Tory member of Parliament has a view. After speaking to lawmakers on both sides of the debate, both senior figures and new members, a picture becomes clear: Either way, the referendum legacy looks like it will be a new phase in British politics.