Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

German and French voters would favour similar controls, the polling suggested.

"Our savings ratio is the lowest for 50 years, the investment community internationally has now gone really negative on us, the currency's down 10, 12 per cent, investment in the motorcar industry for example is down 30 per cent, living standards are stagnating, I mean this is causing us real damage".

"Europe knows it will be poorer and less powerful without us".

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"Brexit is the biggest political decision since the Second World War". Let's instead be deliberate, take our time and get it right so we can deliver the prosperous future outside the European Union that the British people want to see.

Blair's intervention was dismissed by the senior Labour backbencher Frank Field - one of the few Labour MPs to back Leave in the referendum.

Business leaders have recently asked for a long transition in which we stay in the Single Market while we work out the details of a new set of arrangements outside the EU.

"The European Parliament will reserve its right to reject any agreement that treats EU citizens less favourably than they are at present", the letter said.

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Mr Barnier, who has made clear that he is not prepared to start talks on a trade deal until there has been sufficient progress on the financial settlement, retorted icily he could not hear any whistling, "just the clock ticking".

Labour's former Prime Minister Tony Blair said the party's current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, may go on to lead Britain, the Times reported Monday.

He told the Today programme: "Europe itself is now looking at its own reform programme".

The ex-PM said he would not disclose conversations he had had in Europe - but insisted he was not speaking "on a whim".

'Secondly, I think although significant numbers of people for sure voted for him with enthusiasm, I think there were an bad lot of people voted for him because they couldn't stomach the Tories and wanted to make a point.

He told Today the situation in Europe was different to when Britain voted to leave the European Union - a move Blair described as "the most serious it's taken since the Second World War".

John McDonnell has accused Tony Blair of being out of touch with the "nature of the debate" when it comes to Brexit negotiations. We mostly claim to be decent people who wish the best for our fellow man, but for instance our religious leaders, the largest and most typical of many pressure groups, often seem to contradict this by saying that one must adhere strictly to their "code" or "suffer".

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