Blair’s ad­vice to Labour

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - PA

Labour should be pre­pared to of­fer vot­ers the chance of stay­ing in the Euro­pean Union if the gov­ern­ment failed to se­cure its promised trade deal, Tony Blair has said.

The for­mer prime min­is­ter (pic­tured be­low) said the gov­ern­ment faced ne­go­ti­a­tions of “un­par­al­leled com­plex­ity” if it was to achieve its stated aim of de­liv­er­ing an agree­ment that repli­cates as closely as pos­si­ble the ex­ist­ing trade ar­range­ments.

While vot­ers had backed Brexit in last year’s ref­er­en­dum, he said it was pos­si­ble the pub­lic mood would change if the promised ben­e­fits were not de­liv­ered. “David Davis [the Brexit sec­re­tary] said they were go­ing to de­liver a deal with ex­actly the same ben­e­fits we now have … We should hold them to that,” Blair told BBC1’s The An­drew Marr Show yes­ter­day.

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