David Cameron: UK may need another referendum

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron | Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

David Cameron: UK may need another referendum

Former UK prime minister criticizes Boris Johnson for suspending parliament.


9/13/19, 8:15 PM CET

Updated 9/13/19, 8:25 PM CET

LONDON — A second referendum on the U.K.’s membership of the European Union could prove the only way to break the Brexit deadlock, former British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

In an interview with the Times published Friday ahead of the launch of his memoir, “For the Record,” Cameron said a no-deal Brexit would be a “bad outcome” and should not be pursued. Another public vote should not discarded as an option, he said.

“I’m not saying one will happen or should happen. I’m just saying that you can’t rule things out right now because you’ve got to find some way of unblocking the blockage. I think there are certain things you shouldn’t do to unblock the blockage. I think proroguing parliament — pretending it doesn’t exist — I think that would be a bad thing.”

Johnson’s recent decision to take the Conservative whip away from 21 Tory rebels who opposed his Brexit strategy, and his move to shut down parliament “have rebounded,” Cameron said. “I didn’t support either of those things.”

He confessed worrying “desperately” about what is going to happen next, but justified his decision to call the Brexit referendum in 2016 saying it was necessary in order for the U.K. to get its way in the renegotiation of its relationship with the EU.

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