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'Doo-di-doo' - how the key Brexit players have changed their tunes

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By Sarah Chappell
'Doo-di-doo' - how the key Brexit players have changed their tunes

<p><em>On 23 June, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU. Leave won by 52 percent to 48 percent. For the UK to begin the process of leaving the EU it must invoke <a href="http://www.lisbon-treaty.org/wcm/the-lisbon-treaty/treaty-on-European-union-and-comments/title-6-final-provisions/137-article-50.html">Article 50</a> of the Lisbon Treaty, starting a two year process of extricating itself from the bloc. As yet, the article has not been activated.</em></p> <p><em>So, in an overall sense, the UK’s relationship with the EU has not changed in the month since the vote. But the country has entered one of the most tumultuous times in its recent history – politically, economically, and even constitutionally.</em></p> <p><em>And for many of the UK’s major political players, it has meant a change of tack. Here are a few examples…</em></p> <hr> <h3>David Cameron</h3> <p><strong>Then</strong>: Prime Minister <strong>Now</strong>: MP</p> <p><strong>Before:</strong> Yes, to continuing as prime minister regardless of referendum result. (January)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Lz2z822lcYs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>After:</strong> Not right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. (24 June)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6mP917ZJ6io" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <p>And then he literally hummed a tune…</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jH7-PQJOkzI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <br /> <hr> <h3>Theresa May</h3> <p><strong>Then</strong>: Home Secretary <strong>Now</strong>: Prime Minister</p> <p><strong>Before:</strong> For the economy, for security, for Britain’s place in the world – we should remain in the EU. (15 June)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7svo4AAvlfU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>After:</strong> Brexit means Brexit. (30 June, and almost every day since then)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sUxjSTFYoZM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <br /> <hr> <h3>Boris Johnson </h3> <strong>Then:</strong> MP <strong>Now:</strong> Foreign Secretary </div> <br /> <p><strong>Before:</strong> The EU wants to create a European superstate, like Hitler did. (15 May)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wohlM1rIYjs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>After:</strong> Leaving the EU does not in any sense mean leaving Europe. Our relations with Europe, if anything, are going to be intensified. (14 July)</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here's my first day remarks earlier to media<a href="https://t.co/bSw3htGRed">https://t.co/bSw3htGRed</a></p>— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/753668480428220416">July 14, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <br /> <hr> <h3>Michael Gove</h3> <p><strong>Then:</strong> Justice Secretary <strong>Now:</strong> MP</p> <br /> <p><strong>Before:</strong> I don’t want to be prime minister. (3 June)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KbSkhX8GA1Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>After:</strong> I do want to be prime minister. (1 July)</p> <iframe src="https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/politics/video/2016/jul/01/michael-gove-launches-tory-leadership-bid-video" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br <br /> <br /> <hr> <h3>Nigel Farage</h3> <p><strong>Then:</strong> <span class="caps">UKIP</span> leader, <span class="caps">MEP</span> <strong>Now:</strong> <span class="caps">MEP</span></p> <br /> <p><strong>Before:</strong> The 34 million pounds a day (10 billion pounds a year), that the UK currently contributes to the EU budget should instead be spent on vital services in Britain, such as the <span class="caps">NHS</span> and schools. (9 June)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6wq_NYLZimE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>After:</strong> Of course, no guarantee on where money will go. It was a mistake for the Leave campaigners to pledge that millions would go to the <span class="caps">NHS</span>. (24 June)</p> <iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cA3XTYfzd1I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br /> <br /> <br /> <hr>