Former British PM Tony Blair renews argument against a 'hard' Brexit'

Michel Barnier

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the party respected the outcome of last year's referendum vote to leave, while McDonnell insisted there was no desire to reopen the divisions over Brexit.

In a separate article, Blair also said that other European Union countries have similar concerns: "The French and Germans share some of the British worries, notably around immigration, and would compromise on freedom of movement".

Mr Blair also described the party's vision of a "jobs first" Brexit outside the single market as a "contradiction in terms".

Tony Blair argues that the election of the French president Emmanuel Macron has changed the european dynamic.

In comments which have angered some British politicians, Mr Blair suggested that the tide of public opinion was turning against the idea of Brexit and that it was "absolutely necessary" for the United Kingdom stay inside the EU.

"However, this option is excluded", regretted the former Prime minister in an article for his think-tank Institute for Global Change.

"The members of the eurozone will integrate economic decision-making."Inevitably, therefore, Europe will comprise an inner and outer circle".

"The rational examination of the options would include wisely the one to negotiate with the United Kingdom, maintaining it inside of a Europe ready to reform and make it half of the way towards us", wrote the former Prime minister.

The former Prime Minister claims he has held talks with leaders about how the United Kingdom could stay "within a reformed Europe".

The EU could give Britain back some control over immigration in a bid to halt Brexit, according to Tony Blair.

"This is causing us real damage. He tapped into something real and powerful, as Bernie Sanders has in the U.S. and left groups have done all over Europe".

"We know our currency is down around 12%; already jobs are going; there is not £350 million a week more for the NHS; and we actually need most of the migrants who come to work in the UK".

And he claims British voters are "ambivalent" about Brexit - lamenting both the Tory government and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party for ruling out a second referendum. "Given what is at stake, and what, daily, we are discovering about the costs of Brexit, how can it be right deliberately to take off the table the option of compromise between Britain and Europe so that Britain stays?"



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