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25 September 2016

Downing Street Aide Lifts Lid on Brexit Parlour Games

Tory ministers put personal ambition and political positioning above the interests of the country in their campaign to leave the EU, a former aide to David Cameron has revealed.

Sir Craig Oliver, the director of communications to the former Prime Minister, has said that Theresa May avoided backing David Cameron thirteen times in the run-up to the vote as she positioned herself for a future leadership bid.

Sir Craig’s book outlines how Boris Johnson flip-flopped on whether to back a Leave vote he expected to lose and confessed that “depression is setting in” at the prospect of backing EU withdrawal.

The book also reveals that pro-Leave Michael Gove told George Osborne that Brexit would cause “scarring and burning” to the economy.

Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“These revelations prove what we already suspected – that the Brexit campaign was an exercise in breath-taking recklessness. Its main protagonists were more concerned with their personal ambitions and cabinet rivalries than about the interests of people, business and the country.

“It is disgraceful that these Downing Street parlour games have led to the prospect of Scotland being dragged out of the EU against our will – although it is now clear why the Tories are utterly clueless about what Brexit actually means.”
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