Ex-PM Cameron no regrets on sparking Brexit referendum

London (AFP) – Former British prime minister David Cameron stated Friday he had no regrets about launching the Brexit referendum however accused present PM Boris Johnson of behaving “appallingly” through the pre-vote campaigning.

Cameron, 52, who led the failed Stay marketing campaign for Britain to remain within the European Union, instructed The Occasions newspaper that the tortuous Brexit negotiations have been “painful to look at” — and dropping workplace left him “massively depressed”.

Prime minister for six years, Cameron has largely saved his counsel since he left workplace following the 2016 Brexit referendum.

His long-awaited memoir, “For The File”, is due out on Thursday.

Cameron stated present Prime Minister Boris Johnson — an previous schoolfriend — behaved “appallingly” throughout as head of the profitable Depart marketing campaign forward of the referendum.

The previous premier stated a no-deal Brexit can be a nasty end result and that he would have backed the withdrawal settlement rejected by MPs.

Britain is because of depart the EU on October 31.

Cameron instructed The Occasions {that a} referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU had lengthy been promised by politicians and the bitter divisions between Leavers and Remainers now gripping Britain have been there lengthy earlier than the seismic vote.

“The nation was divided whether or not we needs to be within the EU earlier than the referendum,” Cameron stated.

“This subject wanted to be addressed and I believed a referendum was coming, so higher to attempt to get some reforms we wanted and have a referendum.

“However I settle for that, you realize, that effort failed. I do perceive some persons are very offended as a result of they did not need to depart the EU. Neither did I.”

– Fractured friendships –

The guide incorporates two chapters logging his regrets over his pre-referendum negotiations with different EU leaders, and over the marketing campaign itself.

“Each single day I give it some thought, the referendum and the truth that we misplaced and the results and the issues that would have been achieved in a different way, and I fear desperately about what’s going to occur subsequent,” stated Cameron.

“It is painful for the nation and it is painful to look at.”

Cameron stated Johnson had been torn over whether or not to again Depart or Stay however was tempted by the prospect to guide the Depart camp — and was shocked to finish up profitable.

Johnson and Brexit no-deal planner Michael Gove, who had been a Cameron loyalist, led the Depart marketing campaign.

In his guide, Cameron writes that the pair behaved “appallingly”.

“They have been trashing the federal government of which they have been an element, successfully,” Cameron instructed The Occasions.

“I’ve spoken to the prime minister slightly bit, primarily by texts, however Michael was an excellent pal. In order that has been harder,” he stated.

Cameron stated Johnson’s latest transfer to expel anti-no-deal MPs from the governing Conservative Get together and shutting down parliament for 5 weeks had rebounded.

“I did not help both of these issues. Neither do I feel a no-deal Brexit is a good suggestion,” he stated.

Cameron stated a second referendum may but happen as a option to break the Brexit deadlock.

“You may’t rule issues out proper now as a result of you have to discover a way of unblocking the blockage,” he stated.

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