Boris Johnson was the only liar to support the Leave campaign to help his career and Michael Gove was a "foam-flecked Faragist" whose "quality" was dishonest, David Cameron wrote in his memoir.
Former prime minister the minister has poured heavily on his former colleagues Priti Patel, the current home secretary, and Dominic Cummings, the No. 10 advisor, in extracts from the book published on Sunday.
In what could have been Cameron's blasphemous allegation, he effectively sued. Boris Johnson of mounting an election campaign campaign by focusing on Turkey and the possible attraction in the EU.
"It didn't take long to find out about Leave's obsession," he wrote. "Why focus on a country that is not a member of the EU?
" The answer is that it is a Muslim country, which fears the fear of Islamism, mass migration and transformation of communities. It's fuzzy. ”
Cameron then states the clearly racist conservative Conservative campaign used in Smethwick in 1964:" They may also say: & # 39; If you want a Muslim for a neighbor, vote "stay". & # 39; " In Smethwick, Peter Griffiths was elected Conservative MP with the slogan" If you want a **** for a neighbor, vote Labor. "
Cameron writes that Johnson's claims of concerns about British sovereignty were "second to another concern for Boris: what was the best outcome for him?"
Johnson "threatened to an outcome he did not believe because it would help his political career "and turned to a second referendum following a fall, according to a Sunday Times Cameron's book account, For The Record .
Cameron is more concerned about Gove, who was once a close friend. Writing about Gove's decision to stand up against Johnson for the Tory leader, he said: "As for Michael, a The quality shines through: honesty. Disloyalty to me and, eventually, disloyalty to Boris. ”
Their behavior during the EU referendum campaign was" open warfare "and the pair seemed to be a different people by the end, Cameron wrote. "Both acted in shock, attacking their own government, turning a blind eye to unpleasant acts on their part and becoming ambassadors for the expert who intervened, obscuring the reality of the population of truth."
He said that Patel's attack on his government's immigration record "shocked me" but did not want to fire him and create a "Brexit martyr." Cummings was part of a "pot of poison "with Nigel Farage, he says.
The reaction to Cameron's memories saw the former PM being attacked by Conservatives from all the party's wings.
Brexiters were outraged by his suggestion that a second referendum might be needed and that the Vote Leave campaign was lying.
But Justine Greening, Cameron's former international development secretary who now sits as an independent MP, said his decision to hold the EU referendum has proven to be a "horrific mistake" that has become a Tory observation on a national issue.
Greening said he was most concerned ol how the Remain campaign was conducted, with major failures in an "elitist" campaign that failed to reach enough of young voters. "Going forward, looking at the situation that Britain is finding today, as well as the Tory party, this is a fantastic mistake," he said. "He took something that divided the Tory party and managed to put it on the stage.
" The campaign negative was far from over. It's pretty staid, elitist, well done. It needs to reach more of the younger voters and talk about their opportunities, their futures. Instead they just played Ukip in their own game and lost. ”
In the book Cameron said he was" truly sorry "for the uncertainty and division that followed the 2016 referendum, and in his first interview he suggested a second poll might be needed. "I don't think you can lead it, because we're stuck," he told the Times.
Hardline Brexiter and former cabinet minister John Redwood said Cameron threatened to deepen the national division by stepping back into the Brexit debate, and he should be proud to call the referendum, not shy here.
"I don't accept that," he said when asked about Cameron's claim that Vote Leave had lied. "I don't think David Cameron reopening the arguments in the referendum campaign helps achieve what he says he wants to achieve, that the country is re-negotiating and accepting the decision it made," he told BBC & # 39; s Now program.
Cameron detailed his regret about losing the referendum, but declined to apologize at the polls, saying that resigning EU membership in Britain and having a referendum was "right strategy". However, the re-election of the former prime minister has sparked a fresh debate over his role in the Brexit impasse and his motives in holding the referendum, including many of those close to him.
Some Tories defend Cameron. Conservative MEP and Brexit hardline supporter Daniel Hannan tweeted: Everyone except, you know, the general population. "
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former secretary of defense, said that a referendum on the EU was inevitable. He said Cameron's main mistake was promising to reinstate EU membership without the assurance that he made major concessions. "I don't think it was a question of Cameron's right or wrong – I don't think he had much choice and was not pleased with the timing," he said. "He has always been a bit of a gamble. Gambling worked in the Scottish referendum and not in this one. "Lammy asked why he did not use his time in power to amend laws that penalized many youths for the same drug use that Cameron wrote about in his memoir.
working class youth. who ended up banged, unemployed and has a criminal record for smoking like you, ”Lammy wrote on Twitter .