The man behind the Vote Leave campaign has admitted Brexit could “be an error” and holding the referendum in the first place was a “dumb idea.”
Dominic Cummings, the brains behind the infamous pledge of £350million a week for the NHS, said some possible outcomes of leaving the EU would leave Britain worse off.
Writing on Twitter, he said there were “more possible branches” of the future which made it a good idea.
But he said “other things should have been tried first” before launching a referendum on leaving the EU.
Asked if anything could happen that would make him wish Leave hadn’t won, he replied: “Lots! I said before REF was a dumb idea, other things have been tried 1st. In some possible branches of the future leaving will be an error.”
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron declared: “Dominic Cummings has let the cat out of the bag.
“This is the man who slapped the £350million NHS lie on the side of the bus who is now saying leaving the EU could be a mistake.”
James McGrory, executive director of the pro-EU Open Britain campaign, added: “He could have plastered ‘it’s a dumb idea and there will be less money for the NHS’ on the side of a big red bus.
“It would have inserted some reality into the Leave campaign.
“Leading Leave campaigners now seek to blame everyone else for the Brexit mess, but they are as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo.”
Mr Cummings rarely appeared publicly but was the campaign director of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign which spent around £7million in the EU referendum.
Vote Leave’s now-infamous battle bus said: “We send the EU £350million a week – let’s fund our NHS instead.”
One poster promoted by Boris Johnson went even further, saying: “Let’s give our NHS the £350million the EU takes every week.”
The claim emerged as a sham when analysis for Chancellor Philip Hammond estimated extra borrowing due to Brexit would cost £58.7bn over five years – £226million a week.
Despite his tweet, Mr Cummings has insisted “I did not say ‘ Brexit bad'”.
After he was accused of saying Brexit was a mistake, the man behind such slogans as “Turkey (population 76million) is joining the EU” complained his argument was being oversimplified.
He then tried to explain it using quantum mechanics instead. (The Mirror)