“I felt strongly about remaining in Europe but I didn’t think I was the sort of person who should lead that campaign, but sadly, nobody else would volunteer and I was lent on and persuaded and I weakened and I took it.
“They were desperate to get somebody, they were scrabbling around, it was sort of slightly ‘listen, Stuart. You really ought to do this because it’s your duty.’
“I regret it for lots of reasons. I regret having been on the losing side, I regret not having been aggressive enough, if that’s the right word, about what I thought we should do.
“Almost from day one, I had absolutely no impact or no say about how things were handled.
“I mean, effectively, you know, it was ‘here’s your speech, this is what you’ve got to say.’ I should have been stronger”.
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