David Cameron settles his accounts in a book

The former 52-year-old British prime minister who called the Brexit referendum in 2016 confided in the "Times" and published his memoirs on 19 September.

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David Cameron (right) and the current tenant of 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson (left), in London, 2015. JACK TAYLOR / AFP

David Cameron comes out of his silence. As part of a smoothly conducted promotional campaign, the former British prime minister, through whom the referendum on the European Union (EU) arrived, confided in a Times, Friday, September 13th. The newspaper has also égrainé, throughout the weekend, the good sheets of his memoirs (For The Record, at HarperCollins, untranslated), on sale from September 19th.

What does the 52-year-old Conservative MP look for a large majority of the population to consider as responsible for the deep political crisis in which the United Kingdom is plunged? Obviously, to restore his truth. He also regulates his accounts, especially with the current prime minister, Boris Johnson. And relieves – a little – his conscience.

" I've failed ", recognizes David Cameron, who was forced to resign a few days after the referendum, won by the Brexiters at 51.8%. This failure, "I think about it every day", assures the former head of government at Timeswho even admits depressive episodes. No way, however, to regret the organization of this popular consultation, which has yet divided the country as never, and completely paralyzed his political class.

An "inevitable" referendum

The referendum was "Inevitable" He assures, "Especially since the eurozone crisis, the EU was changing before our eyes, and our precarious situation within it was becoming even more difficult to hold". One of the least paradoxes of this popular consultation is that it was also intended to reconcile once and for all the conservative party around the European question, but that it fractured it to the point that it is now under threat. of schism. On Sunday, a new Tory MP, Sam Gyimah, former rising star of Theresa May's cabinet, announced her defection to join the Liberal Democrats Party.

Mr. Cameron admits that he may have raised " too many hopes » around the concessions he hoped to land in Brussels, before launching the referendum campaign, in the spring of 2016. The Europeans having granted him essentially symbolic reforms, the press he fell on it ". "I should have also talked more about the real successes of the EU," admits Mr. Cameron, who had mostly criticized the joint construction, before finally say good about the last three months before the referendum.


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