Cameron says no-deal Brexit would be disaster, despite calling the referendum in the first place

David Cameron waves as he leaves a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels February, 2016. Source: Reuters

David Cameron has warned MPs that failing to rule out a no-deal Brexit would be a ‘disaster’ for Britain.

The former Conservative prime minister said he backed Theresa May’s attempts to secure a deal despite her second overwhelming defeat in Parliament on Tuesday night.

“I’ve always supported the Prime Minister in her attempts to have a close partnership deal with Europe and she continues to have my support,” he told Sky News.

 

“That’s the right thing to do. Obviously what needs to happen next is to rule out no deal, that would be a disaster for our country, and to seek an extension and I’m sure that’s what’s going to happen next.”

Mr Cameron originally called the EU referendum in 2016 as promised in his election manifesto.

Asked if there should be a second referendum, Mr Cameron added: “What happened last night is some people who’ve always wanted Brexit have voted against it again and this is exasperating for the Prime Minister.

“And I think she should feel free to look at other alternatives for partnership deals and the like in order to solve this problem because you can’t go on with a situation with people who want Brexit keep voting against it.”

Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in the House of Commons yesterday. Source: AP

Yesterday Theresa May’s Brexit deal was met with resounding defeat in government with 391 votes against and 242 votes for, a majority of 149.

There will be another vote this evening on whether MPs will block the UK from leaving the EU with a no-deal.

For now there are 11 potential outcomes as a result of tonight, ranging from delaying Brexit to it not happening at all.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: how MPs voted. Source: PA

Back in December last year, Mr Cameron insisted he had no regrets in calling the referendum, despite it causing him to lose his leadership position.

He said: “I made a promise in the election to call a referendum and I called the referendum.

“Obviously I’m very concerned about what’s happening but I do support the prime minister in her efforts to try and have a close partnership with the European Union.

“That’s the right thing to do and she has my support.”