The former PM explains why the referendum was "inevitable". And he practices harsh criticism of his successor Boris Johnson.
Three and a half years after leaving office, former British Prime Minister David Cameron has commented extensively on Brexit and its role in it for the first time. In a long interview with the British Times Above all, the conservative politician raised serious accusations against incumbent Boris Johnson. For the time being, he supported the campaign for the exit of the country from the EU not out of genuine conviction, but solely to promote his career. "Brexit has no chance," Johnson told him as he switched to the Leave campaign camp. "Boris thought he was going to lose."
In the interview, Cameron admits that Brexit makes him "depressed." Every day I think about the referendum and how we lost it and what we could have done differently, and I'm very worried about what's coming. " A second vote Cameron considers possible: "I think you can not rule it out because we are in a bind."
A Brexit without an agreement with the EU, as Boris Johnson considers it, Cameron considers "not a good idea". He also supported neither the compulsory break imposed by Johnson of Parliament nor the faction expulsion of 21 Tory deputies who had voted against the government. Both had "backfired," Cameron said.
The conversation is part of a media campaign to promote Cameron's 752-page memoir book "For the record," to be released next week. According to the British media, the plant, which has 752 pages, received an advance of £ 800,000. He wrote three years on the book. Cameron was Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016. In 2013, he decided to let citizens vote on the EU exit, which he rejected. After the narrow victory of Brexit advocates, he resigned in 2016 and was replaced by Theresa May.
In the book, Cameron claims to explain why the decision to hold the referendum was "inevitable." He had been under political pressure. "The topic had to be addressed, and I felt that a vote would come," he said Times, There have been a number of EU treaty changes, "but the topic did not want to go away". Therefore, it would have been better to enforce some "necessary" reforms in the EU before that. "But I realize that the attempt failed, I understand that some people are very upset because they did not want to leave the EU, and I did not want to."
Cameron was under political pressure at that time, but most of it came from his own party, in which the EU opponents were getting stronger. With the referendum, the ailing prime minister and party leader wanted to strengthen his position with the Tories.