Tony Blair: EU leaders are willing to 'accommodate' Britain in Brexit talks

Jeremy Corbyn leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party
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15 July, 2017

He was Britain's prime minister from 1997 to 2007.

Mr Corbyn suggested Mr Blair would recognise the support both he and US Senator Bernie Sanders, a fellow anti-austerity campaigner, enjoy "indicates there's a thirst to do things very differently" with a "more inclusive, more socially just, more egalitarian approach to the world rather than just subsidising the very rich".

"If a rightwing populist punch in the form of Brexit was followed by a leftwing populist punch in the form of unreconstructed hard-left economics, Britain would hit the canvas, flat on our back and be out for a long count", he wrote. "The Labour party should be cautious in thinking "one more heave" will deliver victory next time", Blair said. "I think they thought that the likelihood was that the Tories would be the government, but were determined to neuter the mandate".

But he admitted his predictions of a disastrous result for Labour at the election had been proved way off by Mr Corbyn's performance, who oversaw the biggest swing to the party since 1945.

In the next election, Labour's economic policies "will come under vastly greater scrutiny", Blair warned.

I think what happened was as much to do with the Tory campaign as our campaign. "His supporters shouldn't exaggerate it; but his critics, including me, shouldn't understate it". "Given what is at stake, and what, daily, we are discovering about the costs of Brexit, how can it be right deliberately to take off the table the option of compromise between Britain and Europe so that Britain stays?"

EUROPE'S leaders are willing to give Britain back some control over immigration to keep us in the EU, Tony Blair has claimed.

He suggests Britain could form part of the EU's "outer circle" along with other Eurosceptic countries.

But he added: "I hope they would recognise that politics has changed, the idea of trickle-down growth in wealth of people simply doesn't work".

According to media reports, Blair said European Union leaders would be willing to change their rules on immigration and free movement to enable Britain to stay in the 28-nation trading and economic bloc.

The pro-Brexit Leave Means Leave campaign said Blair's comments showed how out of touch he is with voters. And in February, he called on opponents of Brexit to "rise up" and fight to change the British people's minds on the issue.

The criticism that Mr Blair was out of step with the public was echoed by Robin Walker, a Brexit minister, who said: "The majority of British people voted to leave the EU".

President Macron's election as French President has changed the "political dynamics of Europe" and reform is "now on Europe's agenda", Mr Blair says.

But last week the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital - the key principles of the single market - were "indivisible".

Overall, he concludes, the United Kingdom "is deeply divided - between young and old, metropolitan and outside the cities, better off and worse off".


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