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Former PM Cameron says 'sorry' for Brexit divisions

Former PM Cameron says 'sorry' for Brexit divisions

London, Sept 14: The British prime minister who called the Brexit referendum and then saw the public vote to leave the European Union says he is sorry for the divisions it has caused. David Cameron said in an interview published Saturday that he thinks about the consequences of the Brexit referendum "every single day" and worries "desperately" about what will happen next. "I deeply regret the outcome and accept that my approach failed," he said. "The decisions I took contributed to that failure. I failed." He admitted that many people blame him for the Brexit divisions that have deepened since the referendum and will never forgive him, but he defended his decision to call the vote, reports AP. He spoke to The Times newspaper to promote his soon-to-be-published memoir. Cameron, who had supported remaining in the EU, resigned the morning after the 2016 referendum. He has stayed out of electoral politics since then and largely kept out of the public eye. His two successors - first Theresa May and now Prime Minister Boris Johnson - have wrestled with the Brexit issue and have thus far been unable to win parliamentary backing for an exit plan agreed with EU leaders. Johnson faces an Oct. 31 deadline for leaving the EU and has been instructed by Parliament to seek an extension, which he says he will not do despite concerns that leaving without a deal would cause severe economic problems and possible food and medicine shortages. He will meet with European leaders Monday to search for some compromise. The 52-year-old Cameron attacked former allies Johnson and Michael Gove, who helped spearhead the "Leave" campaign. Cameron says they "left the truth at home" during the campaign, citing among other things the claim that Britain could save 350 million pounds per week that was being sent to the EU and could use that money to improve the National Health Service. He said the referendum turned into a Conservative Party "psychodrama" and that he had been "hugely depressed" about leaving his post as prime minister. Another report adds: David Cameron, former British prime minister finally broke his silence Friday and admitted that the 2016 Brexit referendum result made him depressed. The former Conservative Party leader walked away from 10 Downing Street less than a month after British people voted in June that year to leave the European Union (EU) by a 52-48 margin. More than three years later, nobody knows how the Brexit saga will end, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson remaining convinced that a deal with Brussels will be struck by the Oct. 31 deadline when Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc, despite a multitude of hurdles to navigate. In an in-depth interview on Friday with British newspaper The Times, Cameron said he recognized some people will never forgive him for holding a referendum, but he thinks a referendum was "inevitable." "This issue needed to be addressed and I thought a referendum was coming, so better to try to get some reforms we needed and have a referendum," the Eton-educated politician said. "But I accept that effort failed. I do understand some people are very angry because they didn't want to leave the EU. Neither did I," he said. Cameron admitted that he thinks every single day about the referendum and the fact that he lost. "I worry desperately about what is going to happen next. I think we can get to a situation where we leave but we are friends, neighbors and partners. We can get there, but I would love to fast-forward to that moment because it's painful for the country and it's painful to watch," he added. Cameron, in his interview, also accused Johnson and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove of behaving appallingly during the 2016 EU referendum campaign, saying they had left the truth at home. He also said Johnson had expected Britain to vote to remain in the EU, adding that he hopes Johnson will manage to secure a deal with Brussels. Cameron also said he believes a second referendum might be the way forward. The interview came ahead of the upcoming publication of his memoir "For The Record," which details the Brexit debate before, during and after the referendum. Enditem

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