Thursday, 21 September, 2017

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

Tony Blair: EU leaders are willing to 'accommodate' Britain in Brexit talks 'Brexit is causing real damage': Tony Blair defends pro-Remain stance as he claims it is still possible to stop
Christy Curtis | 18 July, 2017, 00:40

"I accept now what if you'd asked me a year ago I'd have said is impossible: I accept is possible - you have to say in today's world now, there's been so many political upsets it's possible Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister and Labour could win on that programme", Blair told Newsnight.

In a written statement on Friday said senior figures had told him that they were willing to consider changes to one of the key principles of membership of the single market, reports the BBC.

"I'm not saying these could be negotiated", Blair said.

"This is actually going to distract us from with dealing with the real problems of the country - and it's going to make us poorer".

The CBI, which represents 190,000 United Kingdom businesses, has been emboldened in its calls for a softer Brexit since Prime Minister Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in June's general election, which many saw as a loss of her mandate for a hard Brexit.

In an article for his Institute for Global Change, Mr Blair said the option to reverse Brexit must be kept on the table. "The Labour party should be cautious in thinking "one more heave" will deliver victory next time", Blair said.

In an interview with Sophie Ridge on Sunday, Mr Blair paid tribute to Mr Corbyn's temperament during the general election campaign and how he mobilised younger voters.

"They knew why they made that decision and they made it after a lot of information".

As Tony Blair heavily implies that European Union officials are willing to offer the United Kingdom a deal to remain in the Union, remain voter Maajid Nawaz asked listeners if there was anything they could offer to make Brexiteers change their mind.

Its survey of 357 businesses found over 40% of businesses say Brexit has affected their investment decisions.

European Union leaders have already rejected Theresa May's "generous offer" to European Union citizens in the United Kingdom as falling short, insisting it will deprive them of some current rights.

"Secondly, there will be a significant number of people for sure who voted for him with enthusiasm, [but] I think there will be an terrible lot of people who voted for him because they couldn't stomach the Tories and wanted to make a point and I'm skeptical myself that this is a coalition that's holding, particularly if it becomes clear that we're really in the same position as the Tories on Brexit".

On this revelation, Tony Blair merely conceded that there is no groundswell for another referendum "for now".

"This is a completely changed situation in Europe". "They do think Brexit means Brexit and, for now, there is no groundswell for a second referendum".

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