By Tim Shipman
'The top political publication of the 12 months' ANDREW MARR the 1st e-book to inform the total tale of the way and why Britain voted to go away the ecu. in keeping with unrivalled entry to all of the key politicians and their advisors - together with Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, George Osborne, Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Vote depart - Tim Shipman has written a political heritage that reads like a mystery, and provides a gripping, daily account of what rather occurred behind-the-scenes in Downing road, either go away campaigns, the Labour get together, Ukip and Britain more desirable in Europe. Shipman offers his readers a ringside seat on how judgements have been made, blunders justified and betrayals perpetrated. packed with tales, anecdotes and juicy leaks the ebook doesn't search to deal with the rights and wrongs of Brexit yet to discover how and why David Cameron selected to take the largest political gamble of his lifestyles and clarify why he misplaced. this can be a tale of calculation, tried coups, contributors torn among ideas and loyalty. the entire occasions are right here - from David Cameron's pledge to carry a referendum, via to the crusade itself, his resignation as best minister, the betrayals and rivalries that happened through the race to discover his successor to the coming of Theresa may perhaps in Downing highway as Britain's moment lady leading minister. All Out battle is a e-book approximately leaders and their closest aides, the selections they make and the way and why they lead them to, in addition to how they suppose after they become improper. it truly is approximately males who make judgements which are intellectually constant and - by way of their very own degree - morally sound which are concurrently disastrous for themselves and people closest to them. it truly is approximately how doing what you recognize has labored prior to does not constantly paintings back. such a lot of all it's approximately asking the query: how a long way are you ready to visit win?
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David Cameron was a winner. He had been in trouble before, but he had emerged triumphant from the 2011 referendum on electoral reform and again in the Scottish independence plebiscite in September 2014. Just 413 days earlier friend and foe alike had doubted him, but at the 2015 general election he had won the first parliamentary majority by a Conservative leader in twenty-three years. Nevertheless, as Cameron circulated in the Terracotta Room, aides could see he was nervous – the calmest man there, but nervous nonetheless.
The key question from this period is: could the referendum have been avoided, and if it could not, did Cameron have to offer an in/out vote by the end of 2017? When the cabinet was informed of the decision it horrified the veteran Europhile Ken Clarke: ‘I was not consulted. I read about it in the newspaper. We had a row about it, but it was a done deal. ’ There were practical concerns too. ’ Cameron’s aides believed failure to announce a referendum would have led to a leadership challenge when Ukip won the European elections in 2014.
When he entered the Commons chamber for PMQs later that morning he was met with a barrage of cheers. The Eurosceptics had got what they wanted. Speaking in 2016, a Cameron aide said his main error was to lay out ‘red lines’, but not to use the speech to level with voters and his MPs that it was a starting point for discussion with Brussels, rather than an inviolable text. ‘The problem was that we didn’t make arguments like “We’re going to have to compromise,”’ a senior figure in Number 10 said.
All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class by Tim Shipman