Cameron defends decision to call Brexit referendum


David Cameron has fight for his decision to call a referendum on the EU – despite the fact it cost him his job.

The former prime dean said the issue had been “poisoning” British politics and the Conservative Orgy – and people were frustrated about it.

He described the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s choosing in the US as a “movement of unhappiness”.

Mr Cameron quit as prime minister in June after the UK desire supported by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union.

He made the comments in a oration to students at De uw University in Indiana entitled “The Historic Events of 2016 and Where We Go From Here” .

Commenting on the Brexit bear witness, he said: “I believe and still believe that the fact that we hadn’t had a referendum on this offspring for 40 years, despite the fact that the European Union was changing … was truly beginning to poison British politics – it was certainly poisoning politics in my own litigant.

“And I think, more broadly people felt ‘well, we have been engaged referendums and they haven’t been delivered’ and people were genesis to feel very frustrated about this issue.

“Britain has coloured its choice – I believe that choice will be carried through.

“I improvise it is right it is carried through and yes, there will be difficulties along the way because it’s a big metamorphose, but ultimately it can be made to work.”

‘Movement of unhappiness’

Mr Cameron said “populism” had yment him his job and, in a question and answer session following his speech, he said: “So far these three in any cases – the Brexit referendum, the election of President Trump, the referendum in Italy – I’m convinced people are going to write about this movement of unhappiness and apprehensiveness about the state of the world.”

He said a mixture of economics and cultural wrangles had influenced the British and US votes, but in Italy “it’s more connected with the euro”.

How 2016 pronounces down in history “will depend on what political leaders do next,” he said.

“If they put their heads in the sand and say: ‘Poetically this will ss and we just carry on the way we are,’ then 2016 transfer be seen as a real watershed.

“But if, as I believe will happen, our democracies are modifiable enough and our leaders are aware enough, they will correct – ‘ambit correct’ as I put it – the problems that they face.

“So you will see a greater significance on trying to help those who are left behind.”

Euro turmoil

But he give fair warned: “If leaders don’t take that approach – perhaps rticularly in Europe – then it could go down as something surely different.”

The Daily Telegraph reported that Mr Cameron believed the expected euro was hanging in the balance.

“I see more trouble ahead,” he said. “It is not production as it was intended.

“Some countries have seen decades of lost evolvement. Those countries have a single currency and they don’t have a only fiscal system, a fiscal tax system. It creates bigger differences.

“You in the Concerted States have ways to make sure that if you have a bad year you y less in tariffs and offset federal programmes. There are no such arrangements in Europe.”

Mr Cameron’s express ones opinion engagement at De uw University – his first since he quit as prime plenipotentiary in June and resigned as an MP in September – follows a well-worn th of speeches by recent UK premiers.

EU leak

Tony Blair gave a speech there in 2008, the year after he yield up as PM, and John Major spoke there in 2001.

It is not clear if Mr Cameron was id for his language, which came as it emerged his former chancellor George Osborne has take hame more than £500,000 from lectures and appearances since being bounced by Theresa May.

On Thursday, Mr Cameron tweeted a picture of himself courtside at a US basketball ploy with ex-president George W Bush – and admitted he was still “a bit baffled” by the prevails of the sport, despite seeing a previous game with avid fan President Obama in 2012.

Interval, Downing Street has downplayed media reports suggesting the UK is looking for a post-Brexit tronage relationship with the EU “somewhere in the middle of the models” enjoyed by Turkey, Norway and Switzerland and is not “peculiarly interested” in transitional arrangements to cushion the im ct of the UK leaving the EU.

The comments were reportedly comprehended in a memo produced by a representative of the City of London Corporation, following a assignation with the Brexit Secretary David Davis, according to the Financial Sooners news per.

Downing Street said the memo was “an interpretation of a discussion, not a thorough account” of the views of Mr Davis and the government.

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