Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron says that his decision to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union was ‘the right thing to do’.
“I thought it right to hold the referendum because this issue had been poisoning British politics for years,” he said on Wednesday, speaking to an audience in Kyiv. The same day, the United Kingdom formally set Brexit in motion, a process he initiated with a referendum held on June 23rd, 2016.
The former Prime Minister also claimed that it was ‘a hard decision’ to resign, but he did it for the good of the country.
“It was a difficult decision, but the right one, because the credibility and passion are what you need in politics. I realized, having lost the referendum, that the right thing to do was to have someone else come forward, and take Great Britain forward,” he said.
At the same time, David Cameron pointed out the 'excellent' work of his successor Theresa May, and emphasized that ‘Brexit’ does not mean giving up European values.
“She’s [the new Prime Minister Theresa May] someone who believes very much more in what they are doing. She is doing an excellent job, and is taking the country forward and I think will deliver what’s required, which is to be out of the European Union, but working very closely with our friends and our allies, France and Germany and Italy and all the countries of the European Union and also staying with our friends including here, in Ukraine,” he said.
The former UK Prime Minister David Cameron came to Ukraine on the invitation of Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Victor Pinchuk.