David Cameron accused Boris Johnson and Michael Gove of ‘trashing the government’ during the 2016 referendum campaign in an explosive new interview in which he admitted having sleepless nights over Brexit.
The Former PM was speaking to the Times ahead of the release of his tell all book ‘For the Record’.
The former prime minister, 52, admitted that he thinks about the consequences of the vote to leave the European Union ‘every single day’ and worries ‘desperately’ about what will happen next.
In his long-awaited memoir, Mr Cameron reportedly refers to his former Cabinet colleague Gove as ‘mendacious’ and said he and Johnson behaved ‘appallingly’ in the referendum campaign.
He told the paper: ‘I say in the book: Boris had never argued for leaving the EU, right?
‘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) and being swamped and what have you.
‘They were trashing the government of which they were a part, effectively.’
Cameron said Leave campaigners ‘left the truth at home’ regarding Turkey joining the EU and criticised the infamous £350 million a week slogan branded on the Brexit bus.
He also hit out at now Home Secretary Priti Patel for ‘attacking’ the government by saying ‘that wealthy people didn’t understand the problems of immigration’.
He said: ‘It felt very like she was put on point to do some attacking of the government and its record. I suppose some people would say all is fair in love and war and political campaigns. I thought there were places Conservatives wouldn’t go against each other. And they did.’
The former PM also revealed that he once texted Gove, now Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, to say: ‘You are either a team player or a w*****.’
Mr Cameron has been keeping a low profile since resigning after his embarrassing defeat in the referendum three years ago.
In the same Times interview he admitted being ‘hugely depressed’ about leaving Number 10 and has sleepless nights over his mistakes.
He said: ‘I think about this every day. 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.’
He insisted he doesn’t regret calling the Referendum, but said he thought another one could not be ruled out ‘because we’re stuck’.
He added that he wanted Boris to succeed as PM but criticised his suspension of Parliament and support for a no-deal Brexit.
‘Taking the whip from hard-working Conservative MPs and sharp practices using prorogation of Parliament have rebounded. I didn’t support either of those things. Neither do I think a no-deal Brexit is a good idea’ he said.
However he had some words of support for the Prime Minister, who he said was ‘easy to work with’ despite tensions often flaring up between the pair.
He said: ‘Look, he’s got a very clear strategy and plan. It’s, you know, not the approach that I would have taken, but I want him to succeed.’
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