Tony Blair has mentioned in a recent New Statesman interview that Brexit “could be stopped” if the British public decide that it’s not worth the risk. This interview marks Tony Blair’s return to politics, and also quashes rumours that he wants to set up his own political party.
Blair described Brexit as “like agreeing to a house swap without having seen the other house” and said it could be possible for voters to reverse their decision to leave the EU.
“It can be stopped, if the British people decide that having seen what it means, the pain-gain analysis doesn’t stack up”
Could Tony be hinting at another referendum?
“Either you get maximum access to the single market, in which case you’ll end up accepting a significant number of the rules on immigration, on payment into the budget, on the European court’s jurisdiction. People may then say, ‘Well, hang on, why are we leaving then?’ Or alternatively, you’ll be out of the single market and the economic pain may be very great because, beyond doubt, if you do that you’ll have years, maybe a decade, of economic restructuring”, he said.
The day before Blair met with News Statesman, the Sunday Times reported Blair to be “positioning himself to play a pivotal role in shaping Britain’s Brexit deal”. Unnamed sources also stated that he called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “nutter” and Prime Minister Theresa May a “lightweight”, though Blair denies this.
“But in the end, for a large number of the people, even those who voted Leave, they will look at this in a practical way, not an ideological way. And all I’m saying is: what shows you how ideological this is is that when I say, ‘Well, let’s just keep our options open,’ it’s condemned as treason. Why wouldn’t you keep your options open? Why wouldn’t you say, ‘We took this decision, we took it before we saw what its consequences are; now we see its consequences, we’re not so sure’?
Blair also mentions the Nissan deal and says “I don’t know what the terms of that deal are, but we should know. Because that will tell us a lot about what they’re prepared to concede in order to keep access to the single market.”
On another note, Blair mentioned that Trump’s win had “a lot to do with culture and identity, and people’s feelings that the world is changing rapidly around them.”
“He won because people want to change. Because there are various issues upon which the Republican platform was stronger than the Democrats’.”
Blair said he has never met Donald Trump, but he has met his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a real estate multimillionaire married to Ivanka Trump. Jared is also part of the transition team.
It’s quite clear that both the UK and USA both want change in their countries due to their recent votes of Brexit and the presidential election. But are the public right in their decisions? Time will tell!