I heard a quote on the BBC a few months ago. The gist of it was "Brexit will destroy Britain but not leaving will destroy the Conservative party"

Who said this, and what was the exact quote?

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    Don’t downvote the question merely because you disagree with the content of the quote. – Andrew Grimm Nov 3 '17 at 1:27
  • Cameron most likely engineered the referendum on Brexit because arguing over it was 'destroying the Conservative party'. – Mozibur Ullah Nov 3 '17 at 4:41
  • BBC radio or TV? which program? male or female speaker, North or Southern accent? who was the interviewer. Any details can help. – James K Nov 3 '17 at 14:12
  • The Today program on radio 4. I don't remember the accent. I don't remember the interviewer – Vorsprung Nov 3 '17 at 14:39

Possibly James Chapman on Today

The Conservative Party brand has now been damaged to such an extent that the party won't be elected again or ever get a majority ... The hard Brexit plan that Mrs May is pursuing is going to take our economy off a cliff, is going to make Black Wednesday look like a picnic. And when that happens, the Conservative Party will never be in power again...[sucessfully leaving the EU] is undeliverable and will be a calamity for our country

The context was that he was proposing that a new centre-right party with a Pro-EU policy should be set up. James Chapman is a former Tory Aide.

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    Are you sure? The OP is looking for a quote about how not leaving the EU would destroy the Conservative party; Chapman seems to be saying that leaving the EU will destroy the Conservative party. (Both assertions may in fact be true; one could argue not leaving would destroy them immediately, and leaving will destroy them later.) – Royal Canadian Bandit Nov 2 '17 at 12:34
  • yeah, @RoyalCanadianBandit is correct. The quote was saying that not leaving is destruction for the Conservatve Party. James Chapman is emphasising leaving as a thing that would destroy the Conservative Party – Vorsprung Nov 2 '17 at 16:06
  • Fair enough, not a perfect match, it could have been a mis-remembered quote. I'll leave this answer here, to avoid others suggesting Chapman. – James K Nov 3 '17 at 14:12

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