- Former PM claimed Theresa May is attempting to negotiate an impossible deal
- Blair also warned that Brexit could even threaten the Good Friday Agreement
- Incendiary intervention will enrage Brexiteers who believe Blair is troublemaking
Tony Blair insisted today that Brexit is reversible and threatened Leave voters that ‘it’s not done until it’s done’.
The former Prime Minister claimed that Theresa May is attempting to negotiate an impossible deal that risked leaving Britain in the worst of all worlds.
And he warned that because Brexit would leave Britain and Ireland on opposite sides of European membership for the first time ever it could even threaten the Good Friday Agreement.
The incendiary intervention will infuriate Brexiteers who believe Mr Blair is troublemaking as he tries to thwart the will of the people.
The former Prime Minister (pictured) claimed that Theresa May is attempting to negotiate an impossible deal that risked leaving Britain in the worst of all worlds
Remain supporters will seize on the remarks and those of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier today, where he warned Brexiteers to rally behind Mrs May or risk ‘no Brexit’.
Tomorrow is a crucial day in the Brexit process as Theresa May takes a final offer to Brussels for talks with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker over lunch.
Failure to agree a draft divorce deal – with proposals on exit payments, citizens rights and the Irish border – will slash hopes of a start to trade talks at a summit in less than two weeks.
Mr Blair made his latest intervention in an interview with the BBC Radio 4 World at One programme.
He said: ‘It’s reversible. It’s not done until it’s done.’
Mr Blair’s ‘Institute’ is developing policy ideas aimed at moderate liberal politicians and today published proposals for housing.
He admitted his efforts were an explicit attempt to smash the ‘coalition’ of people who voted for Brexit.
The three time election winner said there was a difference between people who voted for Brexit from a profound sense of a lack of sovereignty and those who were unhappy with specific issues.
He said the latter group could be persuaded to an alternative future.
Tomorrow is a crucial day in the Brexit process as Theresa May takes a final offer to Brussels for talks with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left kissing Blair) over lunch
Mr Blair said: ‘When the facts change people are allowed to change their minds.’
Mr Blair said the negotiations were being pulled between the rival ideas of a Norway-style arrangement keeping Britain close to Europe and a Canada-style deal allowing more distance but offering less access.
He said: ‘What the government is trying to negotiate is fundamentally un-negotiable. They are trying to negotiate getting out of the single market while recreating all of its benefits.
‘That’s not going to happen.’
He said the conflicting priorities of maximising access while getting legal distance would produce a ‘series of compromises’ with a risk of ‘the worst of both worlds’.