By Tim Shipman
'The most sensible political e-book of the yr' ANDREW MARR the 1st booklet to inform the complete tale of ways 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 background that reads like a mystery, and provides a gripping, daily account of what quite occurred behind-the-scenes in Downing highway, either depart campaigns, the Labour celebration, 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. choked with tales, anecdotes and juicy leaks the booklet doesn't search to handle the rights and wrongs of Brexit yet to discover how and why David Cameron selected to take the most important political gamble of his lifestyles and clarify why he misplaced. this can be a tale of calculation, tried coups, contributors torn among rules 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 top minister, the betrayals and rivalries that happened throughout the race to discover his successor to the arriving of Theresa may perhaps in Downing highway as Britain's moment woman leading minister. All Out conflict is a publication approximately leaders and their closest aides, the selections they make and the way and why they lead them to, in addition to how they consider after they develop into fallacious. it really is approximately males who make judgements which are intellectually constant and - through their very own degree - morally sound which are at the same time disastrous for themselves and people closest to them. it really is approximately how doing what you recognize has labored earlier than does not constantly paintings back. so much of all it really is approximately asking the query: how a long way are you ready to visit win?
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Most significantly, at the party conference in October, education secretary Michael Gove told journalists from the Mail on Sunday that on the current terms of membership he would vote to leave. Despite his resolute Euroscepticism, Gove, like Osborne, was a firm opponent of a referendum. He had two concerns. Even at this early stage he was worried that he ‘would have to stand on a different side to the prime minister’, which would be ‘painful’. He also felt that Cameron had not worked out what his strategy was, and what Britain wanted out of Europe.
Bénédicte Earl, George Greenwood, Hannah McGrath, Oliver Milne and Thomas Seal also provided invaluable assistance in transcribing more than half a million words of interviews. Hannah also shared some notes on one episode. Harriet Marsden gave me access to her Brexit project, including an interview with Andy Wigmore. At the Sunday Times I’d like to thank the editor Martin Ivens, his deputy Sarah Baxter and Eleanor Mills, the magazine editor, for giving prominence to serious coverage of politics that also revels in the soap opera of SW1.
The biggest advocate of the referendum was William Hague,’ a senior Downing Street official said. The foreign secretary told Cameron, ‘You need to do this. I got killed by Europe. ’ George Osborne did not agree at all. The idea that the chancellor was concerned about the prospect of a referendum became known later, but few have appreciated quite how serious was his opposition. Osborne did not just think a referendum was a bad idea, he thought it was a disastrous idea. In successive meetings he was ‘pretty hostile’ to pressing ahead because he feared the vote would be lost.
All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class by Tim Shipman