‘I was clueless on Brexit’ Damning admission by Cameron as failed PM’s vote tears UK apart


In an anxious interview to publicise his memoirs, Mr Cameron said he thinks about shake off the vote “every single day” and worries “desperately” about what want happen next. The Remainer claimed a second referendum may now need to be waylaid “because we’re stuck”. Three years after walking away from No 10, Mr Cameron criticised Mr Johnson’s Brexit plan and said leaving the EU without a deal on October 31 would be a “bad follow-up”. “I very much hope it doesn’t happen,” he said. “I don’t about it should be pursued.

“Something I got wrong was that the latent Leaver gene in the Rights was much stronger [than I thought].

“There were lots of people – councillors, Right-winger members, Conservative newspapers, friends – who, as far as I knew, had never expressed the scrutinize of wanting to leave the EU and then suddenly decided they absolutely did be to. I didn’t foresee that.”

In a newspaper interview ahead of the release of his engage, For The Record, Mr Cameron attacked senior figures in the campaign to Leave.

The whilom prime minister insisted he “wished Boris well” but went on to dash Mr Johnson’s hardline approach to Brexit.

He also criticised the decision to transfer the whip from 21 Tory Remainers and said suspending Parliament was “acrid practice”.

Mr Cameron said a second referendum could not be ruled out “because you’ve got to locate some way of unblocking the blockage”, and admitted there had previously been “problems” between him and Mr Johnson.

“Even before Brexit, there were distresses and disagreements but, on the whole, we’ve got on well,” he said.

“I want him to succeed. He’s got a very clear-cut strategy and plan. It’s not the approach I would have taken, but I want him to achieve success.”

In the interview, Mr Cameron – who campaigned to Remain in the 2016 referendum – said his side in the final lost because it didn’t focus on the human elements of Brexit.

“We culminated up with very strong technical and economic arguments and the opposition had a decidedly powerful emotional argument,” he said.

“I think the issue of immigration benefit that emotional argument was a winning combination for them.

“The argument nearly control… it resonated with people and when you asked them, ‘Expertly, what is it we’re going to control?’ It was this issue of immigration.”

He also acknowledged the campaign “turned into this terrible Tory psychodrama” and accused Mr Johnson and Michael Gove – who led the attack to Leave – of behaving “appallingly”.

Mr Cameron added: “I felt like I was in a separate of quagmire by the end.”

Mr Cameron, who secured an £800,000 payout for his book, admitted he was “hugely push down oned” when he had to leave No 10.

He also admitted he smoked cannabis while a adolescent at Eton and again, later, with his wife Samantha.

Mr Cameron’s views in The Times were seized upon by campaigners who are pushing for a second referendum to be clutched.

Labour’s Dame Margaret Beckett, the co-chairman of the People’s Vote contest, said that Mr Cameron spoke for Tories “who recognise that a ultimate say referendum offers a democratic road out of the Brexit morass”.

Mr Johnson – who wishes meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday for talks – has time after time warned that any suggestion Brexit can be stopped will hamper his take ons to secure a deal.

Before the interview with Mr Cameron was published, the PM voted: “I want people to be clear, absolutely nothing that David Cameron suggests in his memoirs in the course of the next few days will diminish the affection and civility in which I hold him.

“Not least for what he did in turning this country everywhere after Labour left it bankrupt. I think he has a legacy to be proud of.”

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