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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to launch anti-Brexit ‘mission’. Picture: Getty.
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Mr Blair urged voters to speak out against the government’s drive to exit the EU at any cost, saying it could damage future generations.He argued last year’s vote to leave was “based on imperfect knowledge,” and that Britons voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit.“As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind,” he said. “Our mission is to persuade them to do so.”Mr Blair argued that leaving the 28-nation bloc was not inevitable and that the people favouring Brexit took advantage of a mood of revolt stemming in part from changes in the global economy.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers a keynote speech at a pro-EU event on February 17, 2017 in London, England. Picture: Getty.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers a keynote speech at a pro-EU event on February 17, 2017 in London, England. Picture: Getty.
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“The Brexiteers were the beneficiaries of this wave; now they want to freeze it to a day in June 2016,” he said. “They will say the will of the people can’t alter. It can.”He plans to start an institute and build an alliance across party lines to create a movement with weight and reach to fight the notion of Brexit at any cost.The former Labour leader said Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has become obsessed by Brexit to the exclusion of any other issue. Pressing issues on challenges in the modern economy, the National Health Service, communities left behind by globalisation and immigration controls are being ignored, he said.“This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair,” he said. “But the time to rise up in defence for what we believe.”
Former British PM Tony Blair claimed that people voted in the referendum without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit and urged people to change their minds and rise up against Brexit. Picture: Getty.
Former British PM Tony Blair claimed that people voted in the referendum without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit and urged people to change their minds and rise up against Brexit. Picture: Getty.
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It is not immediately clear how much support Blair may have in creating a new wave of sentiment against Ms May’s plans.The once-popular Labor leader suffered a fall from grace in supporting the United States in its intervention in Iraq that led to the ouster of Saddam Hussein.