David Cameron has accused Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of behaving “appallingly” during the Brexit referendum campaign. The pair were prominent figureheads for the Leave campaign in 2016.
The former prime minister’s anguish over the Brexit fallout has been revealed for the first time in his book ‘For The Record’, and in an interview with The Times.
Cameron said the result in 2016 had left him “hugely depressed” and he knew “some people will never forgive me”. Cameron, 52, added he is “truly sorry” for the political turmoil it has unleashed, admitting his approach “failed”.
He also said another referendum cannot be ruled out “because we’re stuck”.
Cameron had called the referendum in 2016 after promising it in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto the year before.
He campaigned for Remain, but lost the vote by 52% to 48%, and announced within hours he would be stepping down as PM.
However, in his book, the former PM defended his decision to hold the public vote.
“But on the central question of whether it was right to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU and give people the chance to have their say on it, my view remains that this was the right approach to take,” said Cameron.