Tony Blair has changed his mind about Jeremy Corbyn
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 17, 2017,
Jul 17, 2017, 18:35
In his latest foray into the Brexit debate, the former prime minister said the election of French President Emmanuel Macron had opened up the prospect of real change in Brussels which could enable Britain to stay in the bloc.
They won the lion's share of the votes but lost their sizable parliamentary majority - forcing them into a governing coalition with a small conservative party from Northern Ireland. That in 2019, three years after a majority of the British people voted to leave the European Union, our membership will end and we will no longer be part of either the Common Agricultural Policy or the Common Fisheries Policy.
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said, "The whole issue to do with Brexit is that we know why we left but we didn't know a year ago what the terms of leaving would be".
Blair spoke on the subject after suggesting there was room for compromise on the free movement of people in an article for his own think-tank, the Institute for Global Change.
About a month after their first meeting, the two intend to push forward with a detailed plan that could minimise economic and social damage to both Britain and the European Union after Brexit.
Tony Blair says he now accepts Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister.
"What we don't want is to have divisions in the country again".
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"I am actually really anxious about the country at the moment", he added.
Blair's intervention was dismissed by the senior Labour backbencher Frank Field - one of the few Labour MPs to back Leave in the referendum.
The former Labour PM said Leave voters in the North were wrong to vote Brexit because it will make them poorer and claimed they lacked the right information during the referendum campaign past year.
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. "The opposition to free movement of people, once you break it down, is much more nuanced".
Tony Blair has paid tribute to Jeremy Corbyn as he admitted he was "way off" when he predicted possible annihilation at the ballot box with the left-winger as Labour leader. However, in line with the European Parliament's resolution, I do think that the negotiations need to be conducted with full transparency.
Opposition Labour Party lawmakers say they believe there could be other alternative ways to Brexit without cutting all ties to the European Union and threatened to kill May's proposed Brexit bill in the parliament.
Starting the interview, Robinson challenged his Remoaner campaign, which goes against the will of the British people, but said he would hear out his new ideas.