Former PM David Cameron 'sorry' for Brexit divisions

Andrew Cummings
September 19, 2019

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday. "I don't think you can rule it out, because we're stuck", he said. I believe when he says he wants a deal on Brexit, he is acting in good faith and our teams are in contact and we are exploring what is possible.

"The conclusion I am left with is that he risked an outcome he didn't believe in because it would help his political career", Mr Cameron said.

The UK High Minister repeated his remark to purchase the UK out of the bloc on October 31 - suggesting he may well possibly ignore legislation created to forestall a no-deal in checklist to fulfil his promise.

Johnson said on Friday there was "the rough shape of a deal to be done" over Brexit, but Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar played down the prospects, saying the gap between Britain and the European Union remained "very wide".

"All those Boris shorts are beginning to bail as they realize he can't deliver no-deal (Brexit)", said Viraj Patel, FX & global macro strategist at Arkera.

In his interview, Cameron criticizes Johnson's move last week to suspend parliament and accuses him of "sharp practices" in stripping 21 Conservative lawmakers of their party membership for rebelling against him.

Johnson said that it will take a lot of work between now and the 17th.

Johnson remains defiant even though Parliament has passed a law requiring him to seek an extension to the deadline if no deal is reached by mid-October.

Former universities minister Sam Gyimah on Saturday joined those who defected to the opposition.

"The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets", he told the widely read tabloid, invoking the comic book and film character known for formidable but destructive strength.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech Thursday night to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect Parliament to take aggressive action to make sure its legislation created to block a "no-deal" Brexit is respected.

In his interview with The Times, Cameron accused the Vote Leave campaign, which Johnson and Gove led, of misleading voters over the claim that Britain sent £350 million per week to Brussels that could be spent on the Health Service instead, and over the issue of whether Turkey could be stopped from joining the EU.

Cameron revealed he had tried to stop Johnson from joining the Brexit campaign by offering him the post of defence secretary.

The Lib Dems, who now have 18 MPs in the 650-seat House of Commons, on Sunday voted at their party conference to reverse Brexit if they ever won a majority in parliament.

"All the industries that matter will be ready for a no-deal Brexit", Johnson told reporters.

Johnson asked the British head of state to shutter parliament for five weeks from last Tuesday, claiming it was necessary ahead of rolling out a new domestic agenda.

Cameron said that as prime minister, he felt he could not hit back as hard, resulting in "asymmetric warfare".

Opponents of a no-deal split are also likely to bring forward draft laws in Parliament aimed at canceling Brexit altogether, revoking the so-called Article 50 notification that triggered the U.K.'s legal divorce proceedings, the official said.

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