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Brexit: David Cameron did even more damage than you think

The former PM blew any remaining goodwill between Britain and Europe long before we triggered Article 50

By Matthew Bevington  

Photo: Harry Metcalfe/Wikimedia Commons

Since he resigned after the European Union referendum, there have been accusations levelled at David Cameron from all sides of the Brexit debate. For Remainers, his calling the referendum in the first place, seen mostly as an attempt to ease internal party tensions, was an unforgiveable gamble. For Leavers, his direction to the civil service forbidding preparations for leaving the EU was contemptible.

Still discussed, but far less widely, is the parlous state in which he left UK-EU relations. Many of the difficulties Theresa May…

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