Blair’s advice to Labour
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.