David Cameron must go after Brexit. He has proven his terrible negotiating skills already. Regardless of his election, Brexit must be implemented properly. While he remains Prime Minister that cannot happen.
I have never been a fan of David Cameron. He is not a real conservative but is using the brand for his own ‘Third Way’ commitment. However, this is not why I believe he should go. It’s not just because I don’t like him, it’s because Brussels will.
Prior to this referendum, David Cameron started his ‘renegotiation’. Remember, this was when he held the ‘we are going to leave’ card in Brussels. Anyone who claims any credibility will acknowledge David Cameron’s failure to achieve any serious reform. Instead of the ‘proper treaty change’ promised by the Prime Minister, he struggled to get just a few concessions on migrant benefits. He also boasts of a vague promise of exemption from ‘ever closer union’. Another red herring.
David Cameron must go if Britain votes to leave
If Britain is going to vote to leave the European Union, a now likely outcome, it needs someone to implement it properly. The negotiations won’t be easy. Britain has rejected the European state and the European statesmen will not be in the mood for rolling over. Therefore, Britain needs a tough negotiator. Britain needs somebody who to begin with believes in Brexit. We also need somebody who will walk away without a deal. David Cameron fits neither of these criteria.
Imagine the scenario (unlikely, but possible) that Brussels decides to cut its nose off to spite its face. The European Commission will want to ensure Britain finishes with an ‘almost membership’ option. The EU will push free movement, refugee quotas, large financial contribution etc. Imagine the result if Britain sends a remainer to do a leavers work. A remainer will accept the bare minimum to justify it being Brexit and no more. This is why David Cameron must go if we do vote to leave.
Only a leave campaigner will secure a satifactory exit
The alternative is a better one. Whether we decide it should be Michael Gove or Boris Johnson is irrelevant. Negotiations will be better with either man at the helm. This involves an end to free movement, a hugely reduced contribution and a repatriation of competences to Westminster.
More importantly, Gove and Johnson are leave campaigners. The leave campaign has promised to reduce immigration by ending free movement and to restore regulatory power through leaving the single market. Putting either man in charge would guarantee that the voters get reprieve and hold the leave campaign to account. This means Britain getting the best deal possible and laying the foundations for a brighter future outside of the European Union.
A letter has been penned in which Conservatives, including Johnson and Gove have insisted that the Prime Minister must remain, regardless of a result. How sincere this is we won’t know until after Thursday, but granting David Cameron a second crack of the whip is a mistake. The country needs a better negotiator than David Cameron. For that reason, David Cameron must go if Britain votes to leave.