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“They’ll none of them be missed” — so goes the lyric in Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous opera “The Mikado” — as the Lord High Executioner ponders who is next for the chop.

Much the same could be said about the spate of ministerial departures from the British government as its leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, struggles to achieve a sensible middle-way compromise between Britain’s obvious and continuing obligations to its European neighbors, and its desire to be free of the excessive restraints of a plainly outdated protectionist bloc.

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