David Cameron has left his retirement from public life to grant an interview to the newspaper The Times, days before your memoir arrives at the bookstores, For the record. Three years after plunging the United Kingdom into a nightmare that is getting worse every day, by deciding to hold the Brexit referendum in 2016, the former prime minister strives to convey humility and regret. He does, however, at a time when his fellow citizens debate between apathy or contempt for the character. And it leads to the suspicion that Cameron is more concerned with the sales of a book for which he has received a whopping 900,000 euros and that, according to the expectations of the publishing world, will not fly from the shelves.
"It is not convenient to rule out the holding of a second referendum, because we are simply stuck. I do not say that there will be, or that there should be, I simply suggest that we cannot rule out any solution because we must find a way to unlock the current blockade. And I think that to achieve that goal some things should not be done. I think that suspending Parliament and pretending that it does not exist has been a bad decision, "Cameron says in the interview.
The politician must make balances during the conversation to justify why he made the decision he made, and at the same time show that he does not like the drift that the United Kingdom has taken in the last three years. "I think about it every day that passes. I think about the referendum, the fact that we lost it, the consequences it had, and everything we could do otherwise. And I worry about everything that will happen in the next few months. I think we can end up maintaining friendship with our neighbors and partners, but I would love to somehow accelerate the arrival of that moment, because it is very painful for the country, and it is very painful to see it, "Cameron laments.
With that reflexive tone and contrition, Cameron nevertheless gives in the interview clues that his book is going to have carnival. The chapters dedicated to the two members of his Government who acted with more disloyalty, Boris Johnson and the current Minister of the Presidency, Michael Gove, promise to be the first that the press and the public will devour. "Boris had never defended the abandonment of the EU before. Michael was a strong Eurosceptic but also a liberal, compassionate, rational man. And they ended up using arguments [falsos] as the imminent entry of Turkey into the EU. They dedicated themselves to destroying the Government of which they were part, "he accuses.
He tries at all times to avoid direct criticism of the current UK Government, and fills his comments on Johnson with nuances, but suggests that the final decision of the then Mayor of London to support Brexit had more to do with his political ambitions than with his ideological convictions It is legend that, in the days before the campaign, the journalist of the The Daily Telegraph He prepared two texts, one in favor and one against the permanence in the EU, before deciding. "I think he was honestly divided in his thinking, but I also came to the conclusion that it was tempting for him to be part of the campaign against Brexit," he explains in the interview.
He resists at all times to admit that the decision to hold that referendum will take it in a frivolous way. "It frustrates me a lot to read that I did it for the results of the 2014 European elections [el UKIP del ultranacionalista Nigel Farage, partidario de la salida de la UE, barrió a los conservadores]. Not true, even if all the newspapers say so. I had announced the referendum a year earlier, in 2013. And I thought about it more than any other decision I made. I knew it was something very serious. But I was also aware that there was a genuine problem between the United Kingdom and the EU with the entire eurozone crisis and with the way the euro was behaving that needed to be resolved, "it is justified." As I have been thinking in everything I said then, and in all the discussions I have had with friends and colleagues, I have continued to reach the same conclusion: one way or another the referendum would end up coming. "