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Don’t blame Cameron for the government’s Brexit mess

8 July 2018

10:00 AM

8 July 2018

10:00 AM

I listened to the Coffee House podcast about Danny Dyer’s David Cameron rant. Fraser Nelson appears to live in a parallel universe.

It is true that Cameron probably expected to be in a coalition with the Lib Dems again in 2015 and to never have to fulfil the promise of an EU referendum. However it is absurd to lay the blame for the government’s disastrous handling of Brexit negotiations at Cameron’s door. After all, was it David Cameron or Theresa May who triggered Article 50 with no clear negotiating plan? Was it David Cameron or Theresa May who called a snap election in a fit of hubris only to lose their majority? Was it David Cameron or Theresa May who saw a complete breakdown in collective cabinet responsibility and who was too weak to sack their Foreign Secretary?

Those Brexiteers who are saying Cameron should have gone back to get a better deal before the referendum are the same ones who would now walk away in a heartbeat from negotiations with the EU. Their ideological purity rather than economic reality is what has left us in the mess we find ourselves in as the last grains in the Brexit egg timer disappear.

This letter appears in this week’s Spectator


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