Theresa May slams David Cameron for claiming he only lost EU vote because of ‘populism’

THERESA May has slapped down her predecessor David Cameron after he used a speech to claim that he lost the EU referendum because of “populism”.

The former Prime Minister said the vote to leave the European Union, which prompted his decision to quit Number 10, was part of a “movement of unhappiness” about the state of the world.The former premier said “populism” cost him his job but defended his decision to call the referendum which ultimately ended his political career, saying the issue of Europe had “poisoned” British politics for 40 years.

He was also unrepentant about trying to persuade Britain to Remain under Brussels rule.

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Theresa May slams Cameron for claiming he only lost EU vote because of ‘populism’

But a spokeswoman for Mrs said the current resident of number 10 believes that the vote was about growing anger with the EU and globalisation.

I think you could see that in the British vote was a mixture of economics and cultural arguments

David Cameron

She said: “The Prime Minister has set out some of the issues she believes were expressed during the referendum, including the need to make sure that the benefits of globalisation are shared more broadly and to work for a country and an economy that delivers for everyone.”Speaking to students at Depauw University in Indiana, Mr said he believes that the EU will survive Brexit and no other countries will leave but the euro currency could fail.

“I see more trouble ahead,” he said. “It is not working as it was intended. Some countries have seen decades of lost growth. Those countries have a single currency but they don’t have a single fiscal system, a fiscal tax system. It creates bigger differences.

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Mrs May believes that the Brexit vote was about growing anger with the EU and globalisation

“You in the United States have ways to make sure that if you have a bad year you pay less in taxes and offset federal programmes. There are no such arrangements in Europe.”He dismissed Marine Le Penn’s chances of taking the far right Front Nationale to power in and then taking the country out of the EU.

He also said he believed “a majority” in Holland would prevent a Nexit even though Eurosceptic Gert Wilders is expected to be the next Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron also claimed that leaders across the West must take steps to help those who felt left behind by globalisation.

Answering questions following a speech on the events of 2016, Mr Cameron said: “So far these three events – the Brexit referendum, the election of President Trump, the referendum in Italy – I’m sure people are going to write about this movement of unhappiness and concern about the state of the world.

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Marine Le Pen is Front Nationale’s presidential candidate

“I think you could see that in the British vote was a mixture of economics and cultural arguments, I think your situation [in the ] was quite similar, I think in Italy it’s more connected with the euro.”But ultimately, how 2016 goes down in history will depend on what political leaders do next. That’s why I have tried to make a very clear argument which is that if they put their heads in the sand and say, ‘well this will pass and we just carry on the way we are’, then 2016 will be seen as a real watershed.

“But if, as I believe will happen, that our democracies are flexible enough and our leaders are aware enough, they will correct – course correct as I put it – the problems that they face.

“So you will see a greater emphasis on trying to help those who are left behind.”

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