Britain’s former PM Tony Blair claims he wants to save the British people by reversing the Brexit vote. He thinks the vote should be reconsidered. His statements come after it was revealed that the £350m per week for the NHS promise has now been exposed as untrue. The former PM aired his views in a BBC Radio 4 interview. He continued by saying that what is happening to the NHS is a “National Tragedy.” Blair thinks we’re witnessing the crumbling of the institution and this is a clear violation of the Vote Leave promise. The promise was that Brexit would lead to higher NHS spending. This, however, is not the case.
Blair Wants To Save Britain From Brexit
It’s a well-known fact that Blair was never a fan of the Brexit referendum. Back in February, the former PM spoke urging people to join his fight to have Brexit reexamined. Since that time, Blair has been quiet but behind the scenes, secretly he’s been trying to find ways to overturn the controversial vote. Now, the embattled former PM is making his views known. In a recent interview, Blair said, “When the facts change, I think people are entitled to change their mind. My belief is that, in the end, when the country sees the choice of this new relationship, it will realise that itâ€™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 recreate the benefit of that in some new relationship, in which case I think many people will think, What’s the point?”
Friends close to Blair was surprised by his candor because he was never this vocal about Brexit before. They said that in recent years he has been humbled by the years of semi-exile from domestic politics. Noting he’s still licking his wounds from the Labour party’s determination to scour any remnant of his legacy from the party records. But this hasn’t deterred Blair from speaking out about seeking a new Brexit deal. Not everyone thinks Blair’s interest in Brexit talks is genuine. Some proponents of this belief cite that Blair is working for his own interest and not the interest of the people.
Brexit Talks Move To Next Stage
So is Blair defying the will of the people? Britain’s former PM calls those allegations baseless and rubbish. In the BBC interview, he said, “The will of the people is not something immutable. People can change their mind if the circumstances change.” He added, “A lot of people will have voted for Brexit on the basis that if you get out of Europe, all this money is going to come back and we can spend it on the health service. And that was a very specific promise made by the Brexiteers.”
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Meanwhile, it was announced today that EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks onto the next stage. The move means that the UK and EU are now ready to start a long-term dialog and the Brexit transition is proceeding as planned. Topics up for discussion will include trade and security. This news has some MPs rejoicing but they shouldn’t get pissed in the pub just yet. There is still a lot of red-tape to cut through and it seems the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agrees with this assessment. He noted that indeed the first hurdle has been conquered there’s still much more to do and the process will get “significantly harder.” However, following this news Mr. Tusk, president of the European Council, tweeted a congratulatory message to UK prime minister Theresa May on reaching a major moment in the Brexit process.
So what do you think?
Should Tony Blair be involved in the Brexit talks? Also, should Britain have another Brexit vote? Tell us in the comments…