Tony Blair: EU leaders willing to be flexible on free movement

Tony Blair: EU leaders willing to be flexible on free movement

Tony Blair: EU leaders willing to be flexible on free movement

The shadow chancellor was responding to comments the former Prime Minister made in relation to Labour's objectives for the deal. Shortly after last year's referendum, Blair said Britain should keep its options open because the will of the people could change over time.

Blair, a committed Christian who since leaving office has advocated for faith around the world, says in an interview with Sky News to be broadcast tomorrow that it is has insisted it is "absolutely necessary" that Brexit does not happen.

Blair won a Labour record of three straight general elections, having shifted the party from the left towards the centre ground.

He said leaving the single market was a "damaging position" shared by Labour and he urged the party's leadership to champion a "radically distinct" position on Europe.

"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.

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

"The members of the eurozone will integrate economic decision-making".

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

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In a lengthy article he says they are "willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement".

"Yet this option is excluded".

Speaking to BBC's Today programme, Mr Blair refused to name his sources in the European Union who had suggested officials may be willing to change free movement control to appease Britain.

German and French voters would favour similar controls, the polling suggested.

'This is causing us real damage, that's beyond doubt'.

"Europe knows it will be poorer and less powerful without us".

"If we can change the tone of the negotiations into one which is based upon mutual interests and mutual respect, we can get more flexibility". "They do think Brexit means Brexit and, for now, there is no groundswell for 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 within a reformed Europe?"

Former British PM Tony Blair renews argument against a 'hard' Brexit'
And in February, he called on opponents of Brexit to "rise up" and fight to change the British people's minds on the issue.

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