DAVID Cameron has said Boris Johnson was WRONG for calling a Parliament shutdown and has urged him to give rebels back the whip or the Tories could face “disaster”.
The former PM accused Bo-Jo of trying to “restrict the debate” on Brexit – but said he didn’t believe his old friend had done anything “illegal”.
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During an interview with ITV Cameron also said he “regretted” for the political turmoil Brexit had caused the country.
The former Tory PM held the EU referendum in 2016 before quitting No10 in July that year.
On Boris’ move to suspend – or prorogue Parliament – he said: “I don’t think to me it looked illegal.
“It looked to me, from the outside, like the rather sharp practice of trying to restrict the debate.
“And I thought it was actually from his point of view quite counter-productive.
“In the end we have to work through Parliament, and you can’t deny the arithmetic of parliament.”
RESTORE WHIP OR FACE ‘DISASTER’
Boris faced criticism across the Commons for sacked 21 Tory rebels who voted against the government extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year.
Among those given the chop were former Chancellor Philip Hammond and grandson of Winston Churchill, Sir Nicholas Soames.
Cameron called on Boris to restore the whip to the outcast MPs or the Tories could face dire consequences.
The former Witney MP said: “I obviously disagree with the idea of taking the whip from 21 moral hard-working, loyal, conservatives.
“I think that it was a bad decision.
I obviously disagree with the idea of taking the whip from 21 moral hard-working, loyal, conservatives. If it isn’t reversed it would be disastrous.
“If it isn’t reversed it would be disastrous, it will be I think a disastrous decision.
“I hope that Boris will get a deal in Brussels, he will come back, try and Parliament together to that deal.
“I don’t see why those 21 people shouldn’t be restored to the Conservative whip. If they’re not, I really worry about what could happen.”
Cameron also said he felt “sorry” about the “state the country’s got into” after the EU referendum and added that he had “failed”.
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“Do I feel responsibility for that? Yes. It was my referendum, my campaign my decision to try and renegotiate”, he said.
“And I accept all of those things and people, including those watching this programme; will have to decide how much blame to put on me.
“But I accept and I – you know, I can’t put it more bluntly than this – I accept that attempt failed.”
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