Tony Blair: Europe willing 'to accommodate Britain'

Tony Blair: Europe willing 'to accommodate Britain'

Tony Blair: Europe willing 'to accommodate Britain'

Mr Blair has admitted Labour defied his predictions and secured a "remarkable result" at last month's General Election under Mr Corbyn's leadership, which has raised the party's hopes of returning to power.

But Britain under a Corbyn-led government could "hit the canvas, flat on our back" if it adopted hard-left economics, Blair said. "I think they thought that the likelihood was that the Tories would be the government, but were determined to neuter the mandate".

Mr Blair suggested the "will of the people" may be changing as the difficulties of Brexit negotiations become apparent.

In the next election, Labour's economic policies "will come under vastly greater scrutiny", Blair warned.

"To their mobilisation particularly of younger voters, to the way they fought the campaign and they generated a lot of enthusiasm, I completely buy that". "He tapped into something real and powerful, as Bernie Sanders has in the US and left groups have done all over Europe".

"By calling for the will of the people and Parliament to be overturned, Tony Blair is demonstrating once again that he is out of touch".

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LONDON | officials from the european Union (EU) would agree to a tightening of immigration rules to go in the direction of the United Kingdom in order to keep the country in the european bloc, has said Saturday the former british Prime minister Tony Blair.

In his latest foray into the Brexit debate, the former prime minister said the election of French President Emmanuel Macron had opened up the prospect of real change in Brussels which could enable Britain to stay in the bloc. Macron's victory "changes the political dynamics of Europe". "The European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement", added Blair, saying the 27 remaining EU members will stick together in defending the rules of the Single Market.

"The reforms are now in the program of Europe", he judged. "I wouldn't actually be believing those people who are set on destroying our attempts to leave who now appear as wolves in sheep's clothing".

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.

Along with the comments, Blair's institute has released polling conducted on its behalf which shows, among other findings, that the majority of Britons are split on whether they would like a so-called soft or hard Brexit.

Image copyright EPA Image caption The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital are "indivisible".

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