DOMINIC Cummings, who is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War, was very nearly dismissed from the Vote Leave campaign prior to the EU referendum, a book reveals.
Created by James Graham and broadcast on Channel 4 last night, the two-hour film provides a close look at the Vote Leave campaign team during the 2016 referendum.
Alongside Mr Cummings, Vote Leave was fronted up by Matthew Eliott, with the two serving as Campaign Director and Chief Executive respectively.
However, in January 2016, with the referendum just months away, Mr Cummings faced a coup from within the campaign – largely due to his direct and uncompromising style with MPs.
In his 2016 book “All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class”, Tim Shipman recalls how Mr Cummings was taken into a meeting room to hear his plotted destiny.
In the meeting, Brexiteer Daniel Hodson said: “I’m very sorry Dominic but I’m afraid to tell you this meeting is not exactly what you thought it was.
However, Mr Cummings somewhat miraculously fought back and staged a counter-coup, arguing that Vote Leave staff would not accept it if he was forced out and, eventually, the rebels backed down.
“In the classic outline of a failed coup, the plotters had sought to oust the president without first securing the support of the military and the civil service,” Mr Shipman writes.
Mr Cummings had worked for Mr Gove from 2007 to January 2014, latterly as a special advisor in the Department of Education.