Tony Blair calls for cross-party support to stop hard Brexit
February 17, 2017

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has called for a cross-party movement to fight Brexit, admitting that the “debilitation of the Labour Party” he once led had facilitated Britain’s departure from the European Union. Speaking earlier today to an audience of pro-European supporters, Mr. Blair criticised the current Prime Minister, Theresa May, for doing a complete U-turn over Brexit stating “[C]onsider for a moment the surreal situation in which our nation finds itself, nine months ago she [Theresa May] and the Chancellor were telling us that leaving would be bad for the country, its economy, its security and its place in the world. Today it is apparently a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ for greatness. Seven months ago, after the referendum result, the chancellor was telling us that leaving the single market would be — and I quote — ‘catastrophic’. Now it appears we will leave the single market and the customs union and he is very optimistic”. Mr. Blair also warned that following the Government’s current plans could result in the break up of the UK, as the Scottish National Party’s case for Scottish independence was more credible, based on the fact that a majority of Scots voted to stay in the European Union on 23 June last year. Mr. Blair believes that the outcome of the referendum last year was based on the fact that voters had a limited understanding at the time of what Brexit involved “…our challenge is to expose relentlessly what this cost is, to show how the decision was based on imperfect knowledge which will now become informed knowledge, to calculate in easy to understand ways how proceeding will cause real damage to our country; and to build support for finding a way out from the present rush over the cliff’s edge.” At the time of writing, the Government has not commented on Mr. Blair’s speech.

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