Former British prime minister Tony Blair is doing his best to stop Brexit.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair is doing his best to stop Brexit. JEFF OVERS / HANDOUT

Former PM working hard to reverse Brexit

FORMER British prime minister Tony Blair is actively working to reverse Brexit, putting him at odds with the official Labour Party position.

"It is reversible,” he told BBC's Radio 4's The World This Weekend. "It's not done until it's done.”

Asked if he was trying to overturn the "Brexit coalition” between the Government and the majority of Labour MPs, he replied: "Yes, exactly so. When the facts change, I think people are entitled to change their mind.

"The Brexit coalition was made up of different elements.”

"There are some people who believe that membership of the European Union is inconsistent with national sovereignty. Now I don't agree with it, but they hold that view very very strongly - nothing's going to persuade them.”

But he said there were a significant number of Brexit voters, particularly traditional Labour voters, who had opted to leave because of economic and cultural concerns around immigration.

These people could change their minds if these matters were properly addressed, he added.

"My belief is that, in the end, when the country sees the choice of this new relationship, it will realise that it's either going to be something that does profound damage to the country, or alternatively, having left the European Union, left the single market, we will try and by some means re-create the benefit of that in some new relationship, in which case I think many people will think, 'What's the point'?”

Mr Blair dismissed the often-repeated argument that to derail Brexit would be to go against the will of the people - although he said he accepts many people are perfectly content with the Leave vote.

"The will of the people is not something immutable. People can change their mind if the circumstances change.” - INM



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