Ex-PM Cameron slams Johnson over Brexit

16 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Ex-PM Cameron slams Johnson over Brexit

LONDON: Former British prime minister David Cameron launched a blistering attack on the UK’s current leader Boris Johnson in extracts of his memoirs published Sunday, accusing him of only backing Brexit to further his own career, reports AFP.

He said Johnson, who took office in July, believed that campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum would make him the “darling” of their Conservative party.

Damningly, he also said that Johnson privately believed there should be a second referendum to confirm the terms of Brexit—something the premier has strongly resisted since.

In extracts published in the Sunday Times newspaper, Cameron—who led the failed “Remain” campaign to stay in the EU—also accused his “Leave” rivals of lying to the public.

He wrote that Johnson and one of his top ministers Michael Gove—a former close friend of Cameron’s—“became ambassadors for the expert-trashing, truth-twisting age of populism” during the campaign.

Cameron, 52, has largely kept out of the public eye since stepping down in the wake of the historic Brexit vote.