Blair favours Brexit poll
LONDON: The United Kingdom should call a referendum to allow voters to choose between a nodeal Brexit and staying in a reformed European Union as British politics is deadlocked over the issue, former prime minister Tony Blair said yesterday.
Less than six months before the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, there is little clarity about how the world’s fifthlargest economy and its preeminent international financial centre will trade with the EU after Brexit.
Blair, a former Labour prime minister, said he did not expect Prime Minister Theresa May to be able to get a deal through Parliament so the country should be offered a new vote.
‘‘The alternatives are all worse because if you do get to a blockage in Parliament that is what opens up the possibility of going back to the people,’’ Blair said.
‘‘If there is blockage . . . it is a very simple argument. You say, look we have been two and a bit years trying to reach an agreement that works, Parliament is blocked.’’
Blair has repeatedly called for reversing Brexit, echoing other critics such as French President Emmanuel Macron and billionaire investor George Soros, who have suggested Britain could still change its mind. — Reuters