The Conservative Party is set to hold a national election next month, and the party is in no mood to let the UK leave the EU.
In fact, it has said that it wants the country to stay in the bloc.
But in an interview with a local paper, one of the UK’s most respected newspapers, David Cameron is understood to have made it clear that the prime minister would like the UK to stay part of the bloc after Brexit.
In the interview, which was published on Thursday, Cameron was asked what he would say to the UK if it wanted to stay.
He replied: ‘I will say, we are going to stay a part of Europe, we will continue to have a strong relationship with the European Union.’
It is absolutely not going to be easy to leave, but I think the British people will be able to work it out.
If you are in the middle of a negotiation with Europe, you have to make it easier for them to negotiate with you.
I don’t want to be lectured by the European Commission.
I don’t think the European Parliament is the right body for that.
It is an institution with a lot of power.
But I think there are some very, very clear advantages to staying in.’
If there is a negotiation, we would like to negotiate.’
Cameron was asked whether he would be willing to give up his position as prime minister if the British electorate rejected him for the next two years.
‘Of course I would.
But that would be very hard to do, and so I think it is a mistake to be putting the British government in a position where it is putting the country in a difficult position.’
I would be delighted if we could keep the referendum campaign going, because that would allow us to negotiate a good Brexit deal for the country, and for the EU.’
The prime minister was speaking to a local newspaper in the town of Luton, near London, after an event at which he announced that he had accepted the resignation of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The interview, entitled ‘The truth about Europe’, was published after a series of leaked transcripts of the interview with Cameron, in which he said he would not be in favour of a referendum on leaving the EU if the country voted for Brexit.
Cameron has faced criticism for appearing to suggest the UK could stay in Europe and saying he could not rule out supporting a referendum if there was a “realistic prospect” of Britain leaving the bloc, but he rejected the idea of a ‘No’ vote.