Sturgeon signals Queen should stay out of future Scotland vote

David Cameron greets Queen Elizabeth II outside No 10 Downing Street in 2012 as she arrives to attend a meeting of the Cabinet

"We thought would make a difference".

The former Tory leader's admission that he sought to involve the monarch in the political process was met with a warning from the Palace yesterday that such revelations would only serve to jeopardise relations between the Queen and her prime ministers.

"For The Record" is a chronicle of 52-year-old Cameron's personal as well as professional life, specifically covering the period between 2010 and 2016 when he was in charge at Downing Street and had close dealings with both Dr Singh as well Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Interviewed for the Cameron Years for the BBC, the ex-PM said: "By fighting for Leave he was taking the romantic, nationalist, Conservative course, he'd look like a hero, and I don't think he expected for one minute they were going to win".

The row was the result of a BBC documentary timed to coincide with the release of the former prime minister's memoirs.

According to Mr Cameron, Boris Johnson put his own political career before the national interest when he chose to back Brexit during the referendum.

The monarch is supposed to be impartial but on the Sunday before the vote she told a well-wisher outside Crathie church near Balmoral: "Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future".


He said when one of her ex-prime ministers reveals he asked for a "subtle political intervention", then: "The idea the Queen has in some way perhaps acceded to the request by making even a very vague, guarded comment does start to raise all sorts of hard questions about the legitimacy of the position". PIO Lord Gadhia, who worked closely with Cameron on UK-India relations, said: "The book shows that Manmohan Singh was perhaps not as spineless as external perceptions suggest". Constitutional expert Robert Hazell accused Mr Cameron of "blabbing" about the Queen to promote his book.

He said: 'The Queen has been a model of neutrality.

In comments that the BBC later reported had displeased Buckingham Palace, Cameron told the public broadcaster that he sought help from the Queen's private secretary before the vote, amid "mounting panic" that Scotland would decide to sever its union with England and Wales.

And when asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to expand on his claim that he had persuaded the Queen to intervene in the referendum he said: 'I am sure some people think - possibly even me - that I have already said too much'.

"Not only do I not comment on conversations that I may have held with Her Majesty, but I don't comment on conversations she may have held with anybody else", he said.

Mr Cameron made contact with Buckingham Palace officers in 2014, suggesting the monarch could well presumably presumably "lift an eyebrow" in the stop-fought campaign.

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