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Regret Brexit, not the decision to hold referendum: David Cameron

New Delhi: Defending his decision to hold a referendum which led to Britain’s exit from the EU, former Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday said there are issues that go above Parliament and not taking people’s consent on vital subjects is a “potential problem”.

The former British PM, who held three referendums in his tenure, said although he has regrets over Brexit, he still supports the process where people’s participation is taken into consideration before arriving at such major decisions.

Cameron, who quit as British Prime Minister following the shock result in the referendum, also defended his decision to hold one on Scottish independence. Had he refused the move, it would have helped the cause of Scottish independence, he said.

“It seems to me that the referendums I held were entirely justified. The electoral system, the way in which we vote for our representatives are the key rules of the game. And I think Parliament changing the rules of the games without the consent of people is a potential problem. I think you need to go ahead of the Parliament,” Cameron said at a media leadership summit in New Delhi.

In June this year, Britain had voted narrowly in favour of withdrawing from the 28-member European Union.

PTI