David Cameron says Brexit referendum ‘thought through’
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David Cameron defended his decision to call the public vote, stating that it was thought through and not just popped into the Conservative Party’s manifesto. The former Prime Minister added that his victory in the 2015 General Election was on the basis on the manifesto which included the Brexit referendum promise.
Mr Cameron said: “The Brexit referendum was discussed and called in 2013, two years before the general election and three years before the referendum itself.
“It is not as if this is something that was thought up and popped into a manifesto.
“It was properly thought through and discussed, argued, debated, voted on in Parliament, put into a manifesto.
“And a Government was formed on the basis of that manifesto.”
He continued: “I sometimes read about it as if people think it was a sort of afterthought.
“I think it was January 2013, the announcement of holding a referendum before the halfway point of the next parliament was made.”
The former Prime Minister added: “I thought we needed to confront the issue.
“The single currency had changed the EU quite fundamentally, and that change was happening in front of our eyes, and we had to try to confront this issue to either find a better place for Britain within the EU… or take a different path.
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“And that required a referendum to do that.”
Mr Cameron also outlined some of the current challenges Boris Johnson faces as the UK’s Prime Minister
He said: “Different Prime Ministers will want to work in different ways and I totally respect that.
“I think that Prime Ministers over time will get drawn towards the national security council approach because I think the longer you do the job the more you see the need to drive progress on issues where you’ve got the key voices around the table.
“I think obviously with Brexit we have something which was an enormous national endeavour which took a lot of time away from other issues.
“I think there was a mistake of having one person who was national security advisor and cabinet secretary.
“I suspect now with a new national security advisor, I feel pretty confident that Boris Johnson would use it to drive these big issues.
“We’ve got big decisions to make on the relationship with China, what we do with all those relationships with Africa, how we deal with future pandemics.”
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