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US NewsJean-Claude Juncker told me 'I've got to say "no big deal for Britain" to keep the EU happy… but I want this to work', says David Cameron

10:15  16 september  2019
10:15  16 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Jean - Claude Juncker told me ' I ' ve got to say " no big deal for Britain " to keep the EU happy … but I want this to work ', says David Cameron . European Commission chief Mr Juncker tried to reassure Mr Cameron in 2016. He warned he would have to take a hardline stance to keep EU colleagues

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Jean-Claude Juncker told me 'I've got to say © Getty David Cameron is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to their meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, on February 16, 2016.

Jean-Claude Juncker privately promised to 'make Brexit work' after Britain voted to leave, but warned that he would have to take a more hardline stance in public, David Cameron has revealed.

The European Commission chief tried to reassure the outgoing Mr Cameron at a Brussels summit just days after the EU referendum result in 2016, according to the ex-PM's new memoirs.

Mr Juncker, who has lately thwarted the Government's Brexit plans by insisting that Theresa May's withdrawal deal cannot be renegotiated, told Mr Cameron back then that 'I want to try and make this work', the latest extracts in The Times reveal.

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'Of course, I've got to say 'No big deal for Britain', but I have to say these things to keep the European Parliament happy,' Mr Juncker added.

Jean-Claude Juncker told me 'I've got to say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jean-Claude Juncker privately promised David Cameron (pictured together days after the EU referendum) that he wanted to 'make Brexit work', the ex-PM has revealed

Mr Juncker was 'sad' about the result but consoled Mr Cameron that Britain still had Europe's best Army and 'huge power in the world,' the extract reveals.

The two men's relationship had started poorly when Mr Cameron tried unsuccessfully to block Mr Juncker from taking the top job in 2014.

Mr Cameron had warned that Mr Juncker's 'backroom' appointment would make British voters more likely to back Brexit.

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However, EU leaders voted 26-2 for Mr Juncker, only Hungary joining Mr Cameron in voting against.

Despite their rocky start Mr Juncker said in public that he had 'an excellent professional and personal relationship' with Mr Cameron.

At the same summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that Britain could not have got better terms when Mr Cameron tried to negotiate with Brussels.

Mr Cameron had tied his referendum pledge to a plan to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership of the EU.

The UK was granted an exemption from the EU's founding goal of 'ever closer union' and there were small concessions on immigration.

Jean-Claude Juncker told me 'I've got to say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited David Cameron is accompanied by his wife Samantha as he waves goodbye to Downing Street in 2016

However, Brexiteers dismissed the renegotiation as a failure and Mr Cameron's gamble failed as Britons nonetheless voted to leave.

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In his memoirs, Mr Cameron also says he 'felt no satisfaction' in being proved right when the pound crashed in the midst of the referendum result.

Remainers had warned of an economic shock in the wake of a Brexit vote, but the Leave camp dismissed such warnings as fearmongering.

Mr Cameron announced his resignation just hours later.

Mr Juncker himself is due to leave office on November 1, the day after Britain's current Brexit date of October 31.

Today he will meet Boris Johnson in Luxembourg as Mr Cameron's successor-but-one tries to secure a revised Brexit deal before the deadline.

The European Commission president has repeatedly insisted that the deal negotiated with Theresa May will not be renegotiated.

That deal was rejected three times by Parliament, forcing Mrs May out of office two months ago.

Mr Juncker will be replaced by Ursula von der Leyen, a former German defence minister who scraped through by nine votes in her confirmation vote in July.

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Mr Gove famously sabotaged the first Johnson leadership bid in 2016 by launching his own rival campaign, forcing Mr Johnson to pull out.

According to Mr Cameron, then-Chancellor George Osborne celebrated Mr Gove's betrayal, saying: 'We've taken Boris out, now on to Port Stanley!,' a reference to the Falklands War.

Mr Cameron also worked behind the scenes to help Theresa May win the contest to replace him, the extracts published by The Times reveal.

The former Prime Minister has already accused both Mr Johnson and Mr Gove of behaving 'appallingly' during the referendum campaign.

Mr Cameron announced his resignation in June 2016 after captaining the losing side in the referendum, triggering the first Tory leadership contest for 11 years.

In the hours after the referendum result, Mr Cameron says he was 'on autopilot' as he called to congratulate Mr Gove who had been one of the ringleaders of the Vote Leave campaign.

Jean-Claude Juncker told me 'I've got to say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boris Johnson questioned Michael Gove's mental health and suggested he was 'a bit cracked' after the Tory minister turned on him during the 2016 Tory leadership race (they are pictured together that year), the latest extracts of David Cameron's memoirs have revealed

He also apologised to world leaders including Barack Obama for his failed strategy to keep Britain in Europe.

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Mr Johnson was initially seen as the front-runner to replace him but was forced to quit the race within days after Mr Gove's entry into the race.

Mr Gove, who had been helping Mr Johnson's campaign, dramatically quit his team and said the ex-London mayor could not 'provide the leadership' that was needed.

According to Mr Cameron, Mr Johnson wondered aloud whether former Education Secretary Mr Gove was 'a bit cracked'.

Jean-Claude Juncker told me 'I've got to say © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited David Cameron's autobiography will leave some of the Tory members aghast

Mr Cameron said he could not resist a cheeky dig at Mr Johnson in reply, saying: 'You should have stuck with me, mate.'

The two Brexiteers are now back on the same side but the former PM's latest revelations will test how far they have patched up relations since 2016.

As Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Mr Gove is now responsible for no-deal Brexit preparations in Mr Johnson's Government.

Mr Gove had previously said he was 'not equipped' to be Prime Minister, and Mr Cameron says he had taken those statements to be sincere.

Theresa May eventually won the race which ended without a full party vote after her last remaining rival, Andrea Leadsom, also pulled out.

Mrs Leadsom quit the race after a backlash over her comments in an interview about Mrs May not having children.

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Mr Cameron said the comments were almost certainly not malicious but said the row persuaded Mrs Leadsom that she was not ready for the job.

But Mr Cameron himself also played a role in helping Mrs May win the contest, his memoirs reveal.

Although he did not back any candidate officially, he 'secretly encouraged' his Tory colleague Gavin Williamson to help the May campaign in 2016.

George Osborne, who was sacked as Chancellor by Mrs May and quit as an MP the following year, is said to have celebrated Mr Johnson's departure with a cryptic reference to the Falklands War.

''Now on to Port Stanley!' he said, meaning it was Michael's turn to fall next,' Mr Cameron recalls.

Mr Osborne had once been seen as a likely Tory leadership contender himself but he and Mr Cameron were both tarnished by the failed Remain campaign in 2016.

Boris Johnson also complained that 'people were looking at me as if I was a leper' after the referendum result which he helped to bring about.

After declaring for Leave in February that year he became one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners during the referendum campaign.

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