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Brexit will define her, but May’s climate target is more impactful

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12.06.2019

The prime minister has come to life. After two years of unpleasant jibes about being a “dead woman walking”, she is now hyperactive, delivering strong, passionate speeches and trying to get things done.

Announcements from 10 Downing Street arrive in my email inbox more frequently now than during most of Theresa May’s time there. Most journalists hardly glance at them, more interested in the latest news from Sajid Javid changing the time of his leadership campaign launch.

But the plan to legislate to set a net zero carbon target for Britain by 2050 has attracted attention. Is this a pledge to transform the economy, or is it simply a desperate attempt by a failed prime minister to leave some kind of legacy – any legacy at all?

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