Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2017

"The people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit, and as these terms become clear it is their right to change their mind", Blair will say in a speech later on Friday, according to various media outlets, including The Financial Times.

Blair is accusing Theresa May that her actions of insisting for the United Kingdom to get out of the European community were impetuous and risky and claims that people have the right to change their minds. "Our mission is to persuade them to do so".

Mr Blair will say Theresa May is leading a "mono-purpose" Government "for Brexit, of Brexit and dominated by Brexit".

Many Remaining-supporting MPs, who are in a large majority in the Commons, backed the Bill on the grounds that it would be undemocratic to block last year's referendum result.

On January 17, May outlined her negotiating stance for Brexit, which included a rejection of the Single Market and an end to the free movement of people, resulting in a so-called "hard Brexit". Indeed, even the term "hard Brexit" requires amendment.


Last November, Blair told the New Statesman Brexit could be stopped if the British people decide that "the pain-gain, cost-benefit analysis doesn't stack up".

Mr O'Leary accused the UK Government of being clueless over Brexit and hoped that the UK would stay in the EU.

Britons voted to leave the European Union "without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit", Blair is expected to say in the speech organised by Open Britain, a pro-EU campaign group born out of the Remain campaign.

"As I said in my first speech as Prime Minister in the British Parliament, we share a firm belief in the values of liberte, egalite and fraternite. But I do know we will suffer a rancorous verdict from future generations if we do not try".

He will explicitly reject May's argument that her opponents are "citizens of nowhere".


"How hideously, in this debate, is the mantle of patriotism abused".

"Mechanisms such as Europol provide an important part of the way in which the law-enforcement community in Britain and other countries around Europe can discharge those responsibilities", he added. He is asking the citizens not to despair or be indifferent because this is the time when they have to stand up for what is right and what they believe in.

Mr Blair will acknowledge "genuine concerns" over immigration but claim that "for many people" the main worry is around entrants from countries outside the EU.

Britain will not trigger its divorce from the European Union at a Brussels summit on 9 and 10 March, its Brexit minister said on Tuesday, adding that the government is aiming for the end of March instead.


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