Panicking David Cameron asked Queen to ‘raise an eyebrow’ on Scottish referendum
A panicking David Cameron asked for support from the Queen ahead of the Scottish referendum, the ex-Prime Minister has revealed.
A new BBC documentary last night revealed that the Queen’s unusual intervention ahead of the Scottish referendum came after a request from Mr Cameron.
He suggested the monarch could ‘raise an eyebrow’ during the Scottish referendum campaign, at a time when the polls were narrowing in favour of the ‘Yes’ campaign.
He was staying at Balmoral, when a newspaper poll came out putting the Yes campaign ahead for the first time. Cameron described how it hit him “like a blow to the solar plexus” and led to a “mounting sense of panic that this could go the wrong way.”
The Queen made the surprise plea to Scots to ‘think very carefully’ about how they would vote, just a week before the September 2014 referendum.
She told a member of the public: “I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.”
Mr Cameron wrote of this intervention: “I was delighted”.
Scotland voted to remain in the UK by a 55% to 45% margin.
A documentary about Mr Cameron's time in power also reveals that former chancellor George Osborne believed the Brexit referendum result was partly due to Mr Cameronstoking the idea that "Brussels was to blame".
Mr Osborne told the programme: "We held a referendum we should never have held", and "the consequences for the country are grave".
He attacked Mr Cameron's approach to the issue, saying: "David Cameron was just one of a number of British prime ministers who had fed this idea that we were different than Europe, that Brussels was to blame and that the public ultimately had to have a say, and we've all paid a price for it in my view.
"I feel very sorry for what happened, and I feel responsible, I was the chancellor of the exchequer in that government, we held a referendum we should never have held, we then lost that referendum and the consequences for the country are grave, and the only thing I can plead in my mitigation is that a huge number of people wanted that referendum, and I made a case against it, but it wasn't heard."
Mr Cameron and the ex-chancellor also talked about their attempts to keep Michael Gove on their side in the referendum campaign.
The ex-PM described the "bombshell" moment Mr Gove said he would support the Leave campaign.
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