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European Union could be flexible over movement: Tony Blair

European Union could be flexible over movement: Tony Blair

The ex-prime minister also said he was ready to return to the political arena in the name of preserving British interests and European Union ties with Britain.

Tony Blair has warned that the combination of Brexit followed by a Jeremy Corbyn government would soon leave Britain "flat on our back", arguing that a deeply divided country needs a fundamental rethink of its political ideas.

"Large numbers of people voted to stop a hard Brexit and rejected the mandate Theresa May was demanding", Blair wrote in his article, which was published on the website of a public policy insitute that he founded, the Institute for Global Change.

TONY BLAIR was accused of patronising northern voters today after he claimed voters in Barnsley and Boston don't "understand the difference" between staying in and leaving Europe's single market.

The only reason it is not on the table is because the Tories fear old internal wounds would be reopened if Brexit does not happen, he said.

The Brussels talks will be pored over by all sides in London, where PM Theresa May's minority government remains fragile one month after a snap election in which her Conservative Party lost its majority. He wanted to take Britain into the euro zone and believed Britain should lead the way in the European Union rather than withdraw from it.

"I am not hearing any whistling, just the clock ticking", said the former European Commissioner and French foreign minister.

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"Protecting the rights of all our citizens is the priority for me going into this round and I'm clear that it's something we must make real progress on".

Blair said political changes on the continent, including the election of Emmanuel Macron in France, have made an alternative to a hard Brexit more likely.

"I am actually really anxious about the country at the moment", he added.

"Secondly, there will be a significant number of people for sure who voted for him with enthusiasm, [but] I think there will be an bad lot of people who voted for him because they couldn't stomach the Tories and wanted to make a point and I'm skeptical myself that this is a coalition that's holding, particularly if it becomes clear that we're really in the same position as the Tories on Brexit". But he called Brexit the biggest political decision since World War II.

Blair also told Sky News that "every day is bringing us fresh evidence" of Brexit's harm to Britain, with economic growth slowing and the value of the pound down sharply since the referendum.

"I think a lot of people voted Labour not because they thought Jeremy Corbyn was about to be Prime Minister, but because they wanted to put the brakes on Brexit", he said.

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