Ken Clarke Urges End to Tory Civil War


Kenneth Clarke, the former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, has called for an end to the civil war in the party over the question of EU membership. He made his remarks during an interview with the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Clarke also criticised Boris Johnson, the former Conservative London Mayor. He said:

“I think Boris and Donald Trump should go away for a bit and enjoy themselves and not get in the way of the serious issues which modern countries of the 21st century face”.

He added about Johnson:

“He is a much nicer version of Donald Trump but the campaign is remarkably similar in my opinion and about as relevant to the real problems that the public face”.

Clarke also questioned those MPs who had called for the resignation of David Cameron over the EU debate:

“It’s completely unhelpful – not least because it diverts attention from what we ought to be talking about. We ought to be talking about the benefit this country gets, and always has, from being in the EU”.