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Rolling Rebellions May Become a Lasting Scar for Boris Johnson

  • U.K. premier suffers worst revolt from Tory MPs since election
  • Four years of Brexit chaos have left mark on U.K. politics
Boris Johnson speaks in Parliament on Dec. 1.
Boris Johnson speaks in Parliament on Dec. 1.Photographer: Jessica Taylor/U.K. Parliament
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Boris Johnson suffered a revolt by 55 of his own Conservative Party colleagues Tuesday -- his biggest rebellion in a parliamentary vote since he won a historic majority at last December’s election.

The scale of the Tory uprising over England’s new pandemic restrictions is a clear warning that the prime minister’s authority has been badly damaged. It may also be a sign that four years of Brexit turmoil have left British politics permanently scarred.