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08/05/2019 08:23 BST | Updated 08/05/2019 09:05 BST

David Cameron Is 'Distraught' About Brexit, According To Former Advisor Gabby Bertin

"It’s a wrong perception that he is having a great time."

Since informing the country he would be stepping down as PM and humming a jaunty tune as he walked into Downing Street for the last time, David Cameron has said little about the Brexit process he set in motion.

In January he surfaced to tell journalists he does not regret calling the EU referendum – just the result – but according to his former press secretary he is actually “distraught” about it all.

Speaking to The Times, Baroness Bertin insisted the perception he has “travelled off into the sunset” is far from the truth.

 

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An outdoor screen displays a broadcast of former British Prime Minister David Cameron at the March to Leave demonstration in March.

 

She said: “I’m not seeking sympathy for him, but he is pretty distraught about it all.

“When I say distraught, he’s not depressed or anything, but he cares deeply about this country. It’s a wrong perception that he is having a great time and washed his hands of it.”

Aside from the incident in January, Cameron has largely stayed out of the headlines as his successor battles with both the EU and her own party in an attempt to negotiate the now-delayed Brexit process.

But his purchase of a £25,000 shed to write his memoirs in helped fuel the idea that he had indeed washed his hands clean of the whole affair and was living his best life.

The anger in some quarters at Cameron was perhaps best summed up by Danny Dyer, when he said last year: “Well, fuck you, Cameron you posh twat. Sorry.

“It backfired on him didn’t it? And what does he do? He fucks off. He doesn’t like the way it went and he fucks off.”

Meanwhile, Theresa May is ready to delay Brexit to August in yet another bid to buy time for a compromise deal with Labour.

In her latest attempt to break the deadlock, the prime minister has set the House of Commons’ summer recess as a new deadline for Parliament to sign off her EU-UK ‘divorce deal’.

Newly-elected MEPs would even be allowed to take their seats in Strasbourg, as long as MPs finally approve May’s plans by the time they head off for their break in late July.