LONDON: A senior lawmaker in David Cameron’s Conservative party warned Saturday that the prime minister “wouldn’t last 30 seconds” if Britain votes to leave the European Union in a June referendum, reports AFP.
Cameron confirmed this week that he intends to stay and oversee the process of leaving the 28-member bloc if voters back a so-called Brexit, despite leading the campaign to remain.
But Ken Clarke, a pro-European who served as a minister under Cameron as well as former Conservative premiers John Major and Margaret Thatcher, said such a situation would be “farcical”.
“The prime minister wouldn’t last 30 seconds if he lost the referendum and we’d be plunged into a Conservative leadership crisis which is never a very edifying sight,” he told BBC radio.
At a rally for the campaign to leave the EU, leading Brexit supporter and London mayor Boris Johnson said the prime minister should stay in office regardless of the outcome of the referendum.
Johnson, a likely candidate to succeed Cameron as Conservative party leader, told a rally in Newcastle in northwest England that “obviously David Cameron should remain in place”.
Asked if he would be prime minister on June 24, Johnson said: “I certainly won’t”.