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Cameron knocks Johnson on Brexit

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LONDON – Former British prime minister David Cameron has accused the current leader, Boris Johnson, and Michael Gove of behaving “appallingly” during the European Union referendum campaign.

Speaking to the Times ahead of his book launch, he attacked some Leave-backing colleagues for “trashing the government”.

Cameron said the result in 2016 had left him “hugely depressed” and he knew “some people will never forgive me”. He also said another referendum cannot be ruled out “because we’re stuck”.

It was Cameron who 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 48 to 52 per cent, and later stepped down as PM.

The former PM criticised Johnson’s strategy for dealing with Brexit, including his decision to suspend Parliament ahead of the 31 October deadline and removing the whip from Tory MPs who voted to block a no-deal Brexit. (BBC)

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