Brexit: David Cameron says he held referendum to drain poison from British politics

Brexit: Former Prime Minister David Cameron defends decision to hold EU referendum

Mr. Cameron reportedly defended his decision on a visit to Ukraine

Thursday, March 30, 2017

David Cameron has defended his decision to hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union - saying he wanted to remove the poison from British politics.

The former Prime Minister resigned hours after the results of the EU referendum came in. The promise of a referendum had been a central pillar of his 2015 election manifesto.

Agence France-Presse has quoted the former Prime Minister on a trip he made to Ukraine, where he said the issue of Europe had been "poisoning British politics for years."

Cameron added that, while it "wasn't the result" he sought, it was "quite right" for Theresa May to enact the result and go all-out for Brexit.

Cameron's comments came mere hours after the triggering of Article 50 to begin the UK's withdrawal from the bloc.