Cameron’s Confidence Amidst EU Referendum

Jackson Whitehead
Jan 11, 2016

TORONTO – David Cameron displays his confidence by stating he will remain Prime Minister even if he loses the vote on the EU membership. Cameron, as reported in The Guardian earlier in the year, conveyed that his position depended on holding the vote for EU membership, not the result of it. A position he continues to hold. When asked about his preparation for the possible Brexit, Cameron said, “I don’t think that is the right answer for the reasons I have given.” He added to his display of assurance that if the voters rejected EU membership, he would find a way to make an exit work.

However, the Prime Minister’s show of confidence is a bit in contrast to his actions of distancing his political position and future from the EU referendum. The distance Cameron is putting between himself and the EU referendum looks much like what he did during the Scottish referendum. As reported by The Guardian, when polls suggested that in the final weeks of the Scottish referendum, Scotland might vote for independence, Prime Minister Cameron privately drew up a resignation letter. Throughout Downing Street, the overwhelming opinion was that Cameron’s position would be illogical if Scotland voted to secede from the UK. Cameron made a great effort to keep this sentiment and preparation from the public, something he may be doing now.