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David Cameron admits people will never forgive him for Brexit referendum

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Bitter David Cameron has taken  brutal revenge on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove for betraying him over Brexit.

The former Prime Minister plunged the knife into the Leave-supporting pair now running the Government in a bombshell interview ahead of his autobiography being released next week.

He blasted “mendacious” Mr Gove – now in charge of no-deal planning – and claimed Mr Johnson believed Brexit would be “crushed” in the 2016 referendum.

Ex-PM Mr Cameron admitted he sank into depression as he reeled from the devastating result which saw Leave win by 52% to 48%.

And he said he knew people will “never forgive” him for the vote.

In the tell-all interview, he also admitted getting “off his head” on dope at Eton and smoking it again later with wife Samantha and her pals.

The ex-Tory leader also laid into Theresa May’s EU withdrawal red lines – and controversially left the door open to a second referendum.

Mr Cameron has largely kept quiet for three years since skulking out of Downing Street in the aftermath of his EU vote humiliation.



David Cameron used to smoke cannabis with his wife Samantha

But, in an interview with The Times, he revealed the anger he still feels towards former best friend Mr Gove and current PM Mr Johnson.

In his book For The Record, out on Thursday, Mr Cameron accuses the pair of behaving “appallingly” as the divisive campaign became “this terrible Tory psychodrama”.

“I thought there were places Conservatives wouldn’t go against each other,” he moaned.

“I say in the book – Boris had never argued for leaving the EU, right?



David Cameron has said the Brexit referendum was “inevitable”

 

“Michael was a very strong Eurosceptic, but someone whom I’d known as this liberal, compassionate, rational Conservative ended up making arguments about Turkey [joining the EU] and being swamped and what have you.

“They were trashing the Government of which they were a part, effectively.”

He added: “I felt like I was in a sort of quagmire by the end.”

As revealed in yesterday’s(FRI) Mirror, Mr Gove bears the brunt of the former PM’s unprecedented attack.

He is even branded “mendacious” by Mr Cameron.

But, as the 2016 battle geared up, Mr Johnson believed he would emerge on the defeated side, claimed Mr Cameron.

“Boris thought he was going to lose,” he said.

“When he made the decision to back Leave he said, ‘Brexit will be crushed.’ ”

He thinks the former London Mayor only backed Leave because of personal ambition.

“I think he was genuinely torn, but I came to the conclusion in the end that it was too tempting not to run that campaign and go that way,” said Mr Cameron.

However, when it was the Remain campaign that was rejected, it triggered Mr Cameron’s inevitable resignation after 11 years as Conservative Party leader and six years as PM.



David Cameron praised Theresa May’s dedication

 

He complained he was “miserable about giving up the job I loved and working for the country I loved”.

He said he was “hugely depressed about it”.

But he refused to accept responsibility for unleashing the chaos and paving the way for the current crisis in which the country is mired.

He insisted he thinks about the fallout from the referendum every day.

He said: “Every single day I think about it, the referendum and the fact that we lost and the consequences and the things that could have been done differently, and I worry desperately about what is going to happen next.

“I think we can get to a situation where we leave but we are friends, neighbours and partners.

“We can get there, but I would love to fast-forward to that moment because it’s painful for the country and it’s painful to watch.”

Pointing to “all those people who wanted a referendum”, he accepted that many would never forgive him for ordering an In-Out vote.

But he admitted to being accosted in the street by angry electors furious at what has unfolded.

“You get lots of different reactions,” he said.

“What I tried to do in the book was explain why I felt this was inevitable.”

Multi-millionaire Mr Cameron claimed he worried “desperately about what is going to happen next”.

And the former politician who held three referendums in just five years – a 2011 poll on electoral reform; a 2014 Scottish independence ballot; and the 2016 EU vote – accepted a second Brexit referendum could be on the cards.

“I don’t think you can rule it out because we’re stuck,” he said.



David Cameron knows he won’t be forgiven for Brexit

 

He warned Mr Johnson against a no-deal withdrawal as the deadlock with Brussels over the Irish Backstop continues.

And, on his personal relationship with the current PM, he admitted: “We’ve had issues.

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

He regularly got in touch with successor Mrs May as she negotiated with Brussels, having boxed herself in with self-imposed red lines.

“I remember frequently texting her about the frustration of getting a Brexit deal and then seeing Brexiteers vote it down possibly at the risk of the whole project they had devoted themselves to,” he said.

“ Maddening. And infuriating.

“There’s an argument that Brexit is just impossible to deliver and no one could have done, and there’s an argument that, well, wrong choices were made.

“This is somewhere in between.”

You can read the full interview with the Times here.

David Cameron on Boris Johnson



The former school friends and Conservative prime ministers

He has spoken candidly about his relationship with Boris Johnson.

The former PM said of the current occupant of Number 10: “We’ve had issues.”

He paints a damning picture of Mr Johnson as someone who would arrive late to the cabinet’s emergency Cobra meetings.

Mr Cameron explained how he tried to persuade the current PM to back Remain by suggesting he was likely to succeed him into Number 10 and by offering him a top-five cabinet job – hinting at defence secretary.

He said the current Mr Johnson backed Leave purely for personal ambition and did not think his side would win the referendum campaign.

He said: “when he [Boris] made the decision to back Leave he said, ‘Brexit will be crushed.’ ”

David Cameron on Michael Gove



David Cameron felt Michael Gove had to go after upsetting teachers

Mr Cameron brands Michael Gove “mendacious” in his book, over things he said during the referendum campaign – including the claim that Britain would not have a veto over Turkey joining the EU.

He said: “I think what I say is that over the issue of whether or not we had a veto over Turkey, and over the issue of the £350 million on the bus,

I think they left the truth at home.”

Cameron also branded him Gove a “w***er” over his reluctance to change jobs in a reshuffle.

The then-PM had decided to demote Gove from Education Secretary to Chief Whip after years of rocky relations with teachers

When Gove refused to budge, Cameron says, he text him: “You are either a team player or a wanker.”

In the end, Gove took the chief whip’s job, but shortly after became a leading figure in the Leave campaign.

Asked if the pair are still on speaking terms, Cameron said: “We’ve spoken.

Not a huge amount. I’ve sort of had a conversation with him.

I’ve spoken to the Prime Minister [Johnson] a little bit, mainly through texts, but Michael was a very good friend. So that has been more difficult.”

David Cameron on Theresa May



Theresa May was Home Secretary in David Cameron’s cabinet

David Cameron has revealed he would have voted for Theresa May’s Brexit deal – despite criticising her self-imposed red lines.

He said he would have favoured a “partnership Brexit” which would have meant co-operating rather than battling with Europe.

Despite criticising her stubborn negotiating stance he praised her “phenomenal” work rate and her “ethos of public service”.

The former PM has said he regularly got in touch with successor.

“I remember frequently texting her about the frustration of getting a Brexit deal and then seeing Brexiteers vote it down possibly at the risk of the whole project they had devoted themselves to,” he said.

David Cameron on his son Ivan



David Cameron and Samantha Cameron with children, Nancy, Arthur and Ivan.

David Cameron has said he doesn’t think you ever “really get over” the death of a child as he opened up about losing his son.

The former PM’s son Ivan, who had severe epilepsy and cerebral palsy, died in 2009 aged six.

Mr Cameron said of Ivan, who was unable to speak and used a wheelchair: “Some people say to me, ‘I’m very glad you took him out for walks and you took him out in the public and you didn’t hide him away.’

“I’d never thought about that because, of course, I wouldn’t hide him away. He’s my son. I love him.”

He explained how the family try and keep his memory alive telling the Times: “Florence never knew him, but we talk about him a lot.

“Nancy does more than Elwen, because Elwen remembers him but, you know, he was very young.

“Whereas Nancy really remembers. He’s buried at Chadlington [a church near their Oxfordshire home]. We go and see him and give him an update.”

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David Cameron says the reason he infamously hummed a little tune as he walked back into Number 10 following his resignation speech was because he feared the door might not open for him.

Uniformed officers sit on the inside of the famous black door – but they have been known to be slow to react, even at moments of high drama and importance.

He said: “That was simply because I thought, ‘The door’s not going to open,’ and I was trying to calm myself down because there had been moments where I walked back to the door and it didn’t open.”

There had previously been a delay to the door opening after he’d made a speech following the fall of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

“It was a perennial worry. But I wasn’t happy to leave. I was miserable about giving up the job I loved and working for the country I loved. I was miserable about it.”

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