All out war : the full story of Brexit / Tim Shipman.
- Revised and updated paperback edition.
- London : William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017. , ©2017
xxvi, 662 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
- European Union -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 2007-
Referendum -- Great Britain.
Referendum -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- European Union countries.
European Union countries -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
Political campaigns -- Great Britain -- History -- 21st century.
Politics and government.
Europe -- European Union countries.
- The only book to tell the full story of how and why Britain voted to leave the EU. Based on unrivalled access to all the key politicians and their advisors - including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, George Osborne, Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings, the mastermind of Vote Leave - Tim Shipman has written a political history that reads like a thriller, and offers a gripping, day-by-day account of what really happened behind-the-scenes in Downing Street, both Leave campaigns, the Labour Party, Ukip and Britain Stronger in Europe. Shipman gives his readers a ringside seat on how decisions were made, mistakes justified and betrayals perpetrated. Filled with stories, anecdotes and juicy leaks the book does not seek to address the rights and wrongs of Brexit but to explore how and why David Cameron chose to take the biggest political gamble of his life and explain why he lost. This is a story of calculation, attempted coups, individuals torn between principles and loyalty. All the events are here - from David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum, through to the campaign itself, his resignation as prime minister, the betrayals and rivalries that occurred during the race to find his successor to the arrival of Theresa May in Downing Street as Britain's second female prime minister. All Out War is a book about leaders and their closest aides, the decisions they make and how and why they make them, as well as how they feel when they turn out to be wrong. It is about men who make decisions that are intellectually consistent and - by their own measure - morally sound that are simultaneously disastrous for themselves and those closest to them. It is about how doing what you know has worked before doesn't always work again. Most of all it is about asking the question: how far are you prepared to go to win?
- Introduction : demons unleashed
Part One. Skirmishes : from Bloomberg to Brussels, October 2011 to February 2016. 'My lily-livered colleagues...'
Dom and Arron
Boris and Michael
Part Two. Battle is joined : the campaign, February to June 2016. Project fear
The IDS of March
Designation's what you need
'Back of the queue'
The economy, stupid
Blue on blue
Labour isn't working
George's monstrous medicine
The Waterloo strategy
Part Three. All out war : leadership, June to August 2016. Fallout Friday
The dream team
Anyone but Boris
Mayniacs v leadbangers
Conclusion : why leave won
Appendix 1. Boris Johnson's first 'out' article
Appendix 2. Boris Johnson's 'in' article
Appendix 3. David Cameron's 'victory' speech.
- Previous edition: 2016.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 629-635) and index.
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