Tony Blair Returns to the Limelight with Bid to Reverse Brexit
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 19, 2017,
Feb 19, 2017, 0:37
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair declared this morning (Friday) that Britons have the right to change their minds about the outcome of last summer's "Brexit" referendum.
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Speaking to the pro-EU think tank Open Britain, the ex-Labour leader will suggest that a second referendum or snap general election could stop the United Kingdom leaving.
"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", Blair added.
"For this former Prime Minister, and fully paid up member of the establishment, to jump in on this debate will only harm the fight against an extreme Brexit", Lucas said. "My view is that is asking for a two-year campaign to undermine the vote, when I think we need to respect the vote and work hard to get the best deal". "They're not driving this bus", he said of ministers.
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Criticising the "debilitation of the Labour Party" - which left no effective opposition - he insisted: "The one incontrovertible characteristic of politics today is its propensity for revolt".
"We [Europol] are dealing with thousands of cases every year between these countries of very serious criminals, and even terrorists, that are identified and extradited under the terms of the warrant", Wainwright said.
"As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind", said Blair, the former Labour leader.
Mr Blair was critical of current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit. She has argued that she must keep the Europeans guessing about the U.K.'s negotiation position, but pressure for details has been building as she prepares to invoke Article 50, which will trigger Britain's departure from the bloc. "We do, many millions of them and - with determination - many millions more".
He acknowledged that immigration had been a core issue for many voters in the referendum, saying that many were particularly concerned about "immigration from non-European countries, especially when from different cultures in which assimilation and potential security threats can be an issue". It can. They will say leaving is inevitable.
He said the SNP's attempts to use Brexit to muster support for another Scottish independence referendum had "failed".