Brexit chaos isn't all my fault, says David Cameron

brexit countdown_bgCreated with Sketch.David Cameron has denied he is wholly responsible for the political chaos which has engulfed Westminster since he called the EU referendum - instead pinning the blame on Theresa May and the MPs who refused to support her deal. The former Prime Minister admitted he was 'haunted' by his defeat in the 2016 referendum but defended his decision to call it, insisting it was 'inevitable'. In retirement he has been widely blamed for the ongoing Westminster turmoil, but speaking to ITV's Tom Bradby in an interview which aired tonight, he insisted that 'not everything that has followed had to follow'. Mr Cameron suggested his successor Mrs May could have 'aimed for a more straightforward Brexit' and slammed Brexiteer MPs who rejected her deal.  'If people who most wanted Brexit had voted for Theresa May's deal we would have left on the basis of a deal,' Mr Cameron said. 'If after the referendum we had aimed for a more straightforward partnership Brexit, perhaps along the lines of a Norway or a Switzerland, we could have achieved, I think, a more harmonious and more rapid outcome.' Asked about his decision to call the poll, he said: 'Well I think I will still make the argument that to me, it was inevitable. 'Am I sorry about the state the country's got into? Yes. Do I feel I have some responsibility for that? Yes. It was my referendum; my campaign; my decision to try and renegotiate.'I can't put it more bluntly than this; I accept that that attempt failed.'  Mr Cameron resigned after the Brexit vote but has resurfaced this week to promote his new memoirs, which will be released on Thursday. Asked about his decision to step down immediately, Mr Cameron said he had lost his 'credibility' after captaining the losing Remain side.  'I hate the idea that somehow I was walking away from my responsibilities,' he said in the interview which was broadcast tonight. Mr Cameron had tied his referendum pledge to a plan to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the EU. The UK was granted an exemption from the EU's founding goal of 'ever closer union' and there were small concessions on immigration. However, Brexiteers dismissed the renegotiation as a failure and Mr Cameron's gamble failed as Britons nonetheless voted to leave.David Cameron says his son Ivan 'suffered so much' David Cameron said his disabled son Ivan suffered up to 40 seizures a day before he died aged six. In his memoirs Mr Cameron described how his son's death had left him and his wife Samantha in 'darkness'. Speaking in the interview aired tonight he said he felt 'incredibly blessed' for the time he had with Ivan. 'I think the difficult thing was that he suffered so much,' Mr Cameron said in the ITV interview. 'He sometimes would have, you know, 20, 30, 40 seizures in a day that when I think about it a lot, you do go back to the incredibly painful and difficult times ...Read more

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