Dominic Cummings grilled by Kuenssberg on 'conning' UK public
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Mr Cummings, who was a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign of 2016, maintained this week that he thought Brexit was a “good thing” based on events over the past five years. He made the comments during an explosive BBC interview with Laura Kuennsberg, in which the former Downing Street aide also accused Mr Johnson of not having a plan and alleged that he “doesn’t know how to be Prime Minister”. Mr Cummings, who left Number 10 last autumn after a power struggle, has now lambasted those who voted to Remain during the EU referendum by claiming they thought they were “morally superior”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Vote Leave: reasonable people can disagree about Brexit.
“Remain establishment: We’re morally superior, we were cheated by lies and villains, public morons and hoodwinked.
“Well heeled London Remain will never understand what happened until they drop the delusion one side is morally superior.”
In the 2016 referendum, Britons voted to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent.
However, many people said the Leave campaign produced misinformation, such as the Vote Leave bus saying that the UK sends £350 million a week to the EU, and that could be spent on the NHS.
Mr Cummings told Ms Kuenssberg he still thinks Brexit “was a good thing”.
He said: “I think it’s perfectly reasonable to say Brexit was a mistake…of course it’s reasonable for some people to think that.
“I think that obviously, I think Brexit was a good thing… I think that the way in which the world has worked out since 2016 vindicates the arguments that Vote Leave made in all sorts of ways.
“I think it’s good that Brexit happened.”
Mr Cummings also said he had helped broker a deal between Mr Johnson and Michael Gove to head up a new Government after the Brexit result.
When asked whether he thought Mr Johnson would become the next Prime Minister after the 2016 vote, Mr Cummings said: “Yeah, sort of.
“I thought that, so I negotiated between him and Michael Gove a deal over the previous couple of weeks about what to do in this situation.
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“The deal actually was that Michael did not want to run in the leadership contest, that he would be chancellor, that Boris would be prime minister, but that we would create a certain kind of Number 10, and that we would very rapidly deliver all the promises that the campaign had made during the referendum campaign.”
The former Vote Leave mastermind said he had found Mr Johnson to have “hopeless” traits after working with him during the referendum.
But he said he agreed after he entered Downing Street three years later to work with him.
Mr Cummings added: “We only got him in there because we had to solve a certain problem, not because he was the right person to be running the country.”
However, Trade Secretary Liz Truss quickly defended Mr Johnson after the interview was aired.
She said: “Sadly I haven’t had time to watch it, and I don’t think I will be finding any time to watch it for the next millennium either.”
When asked if there was any need for Mr Johnson to be removed from Downing Street, Ms Truss added: “The Prime Minister is doing a fantastic job of leading the country, we’ve had a very successful roll out here in the United Kingdom, we are working hard to build back the economy after Covid.”
She added she was “very happy working for such an excellent Prime Minister”.
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