This week's Conservative Party conference laid bare the Brexit-related fault lines ripping apart the Tories. Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond built on overtures from May's Florence speech and attempted, futilely, to shift debate to domestic policy initiatives. By contrast, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and traditionalist firebrand Jacob Rees-Mogg doubled down on the Hard Brexit line that carried Leave to victory last summer. Indeed, of Predata's signals tracking the debate in Britain over Brexit, only the Hard Brexit signal saw a spike in traffic during party conference week. A frustrated May let slip her readiness to sack Johnson as a last ditch attempt to fend off rumblings within the party that she should step down. Markets are paying attention. Brexit topped the Scoreboard for the first time since we began calculating it in August.
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