Ex-British PM David Cameron caught on camera saying Brexit is a 'mistake, not disaster' in Davos

Brexit is 'a mistake, not a disaster', former premier David Cameron said during a conversation caught on camera in Davos

AFP January 25, 2018 08:49:37 IST
Ex-British PM David Cameron caught on camera saying Brexit is a 'mistake, not disaster' in Davos

Davos: Britain's planned departure from the European Union is "a mistake, not a disaster", former premier David Cameron said during a conversation caught on camera in Davos on Wednesday.

ExBritish PM David Cameron caught on camera saying Brexit is a mistake not disaster in Davos

File image of former British prime minister David Cameron. AP

Cameron stepped back from frontline British politics in the wake of the historic 2016 referendum, but was caught airing his views on Brexit at Switzerland's gathering of the world's business elite.

"It's frustrating. As I keep saying, it's a mistake, not a disaster," he told Indian billionaire businessman Lakshmi Mittal on the sidelines of the economic summit.

"It's turned out less badly than we first thought. But it's still going to be difficult," he added, in a conversation filmed by Britain's Channel 5 News.

Cameron orchestrated the vote on 23 June, 2016, in which the country chose to leave the EU, despite himself backing the campaign to remain in the bloc.

He stepped down as prime minister the morning after the referendum, leaving his successor Theresa May to enter fraught EU negotiations with a cabinet divided on Brexit lines.

Britain has said it will leave the union on 29 March, 2019, and after reaching an initial agreement on exit terms is due to enter further talks on its future relationship with Brussels later this year.

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