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‘Exasperating’: David Cameron comments on latest Brexit turmoil
Former British prime minister says no-deal Brexit must be ruled out.
Updated 3/13/19, 5:47 PM CET
David Cameron, the former U.K. prime minister who called the 2016 EU referendum, said Wednesday that his successor, Theresa May, should now “look at other alternatives for partnership deals” in a bid to resolve the Brexit impasse.
Commenting briefly to Sky News following a second defeat for May’s Brexit plan in the House of Commons late Tuesday, Cameron said: “What happened last night is that some people who always wanted Brexit have voted against it again — and this is exasperating for the prime minister.”
“I think [May] should feel free to look at other alternatives for partnership deals and the like in order to solve this problem,” he added. “You can’t go on with this situation where people who want Brexit keep voting against it.”
The former British leader again insisted that a no-deal outcome should be prevented. “Obviously what needs to happen next is to rule out no-deal — that would be a disaster for our country — and seek an extension [to Article 50], and I’m sure that’s what’s going to happen next,” he said.
The second attempt to have a Brexit deal between the U.K. and the EU ratified by the House of Commons failed Tuesday night when MPs voted against it by a margin of 149.