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Cameron had no choice after voters rejected his deal with EU

David Cameron had no choice. During the referendum campaign there have been allies and friends of the prime minister who endorsed Leave and said it would not topple the PM. This was always ridiculous.

They said that they would not push him out and perhaps they wouldn't have but this is beside the point.

Britain's prime minister will have to try and make leaving the EU an economic, diplomatic and political success. How could David Cameron credibly have tried to do this? He argued that it was impossible to make a success of leaving.

Take negotiating a new relationship. Mr Cameron has argued for months that Leave means leave and we wouldn't be offered another deal. How could he then have procured another deal?

Some bizarre notions have been advanced about having a deputy who would negotiate while Cameron ran the rest of government. How could this possibly have worked? And even if it did, what about the economy? The prime minister argued that leaving would be hugely damaging to our prospects, potentially producing a recession and making long-term growth much harder. What would he say if he proves wrong? Or if he proves right, for that matter.

All this leaves aside his own sense of honour. David Cameron spent years preparing and then negotiating a deal which he believed was the best that he could obtain. As prime minister he asked for his judgment and actions to be endorsed. And this endorsement was not forthcoming.

In those circumstances he wouldn't be David Cameron if he tried to continue. A Leave vote could only end as it has, with Mr Cameron leaving Downing Street.

[Source: By Daniel Finkelstein, The Times, London, 24Jun16]

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