Stop Brexit to halt severe damage to United Kingdom, says Blair

Corbyn Barnier

Corbyn Barnier

In an essay published on the organisation's website on Saturday, Mr Blair claimed European leaders would be willing to tighten up the free movement of people as a way to avoid Britain leaving the EU.

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.

The former prime minister claimed that if the United Kingdom didn't abandon the single market, European leaders would be willing to relax their stance on freedom of movement - one of the central principles of single market membership - and let Britain have control.

"The opposition to free movement of people, once you break it down, is much more nuanced".

In his lengthy article for his own Institute for Global Change think tank, Mr Blair also slams Jeremy Corbyn for failing to endorse a "soft" Brexit - describing Labour's current opposition to staying in the single market as "essentially the same policy as the Government".

"The members of the eurozone will integrate economic decision-making".

"I think it's absolutely necessary that it doesn't happen because I think every day is bringing us fresh evidence that it's doing us damage economically", Blair said, in a preview of Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. "The British people's attitude to Europe is ambivalent", Blair said.

The criticism that Mr Blair was out of step with the public was echoed by Robin Walker, a Brexit minister, who said: "The majority of British people voted to leave the EU".

Under Blair's government, citizens of Poland and other ex-communist states were allowed to settle immediately in Britain, despite a years-long transition period allowed under European Union rules.

He wrote: "Rational consideration of the options would sensibly include the option of negotiating for Britain to stay within a Europe itself prepared to reform and meet us half way".

Mr Blair has admitted Labour defied his predictions and secured a "remarkable result" at last month's General Election under Mr Corbyn's leadership, which has raised the party's hopes of returning to power.

Also responding to Mr Blair's comments on a future Corbyn government, Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggested the ex-premier "hasn't really listened to the nature of the debate that is going on in the pubs, the clubs and school gates etc".

The former Prime Minister said he would not "disclose conversations I've had within Europe", but was not speaking "on a whim".

In response, Corbyn told BBC News that the economy would do well under a Labour-led government that focused on raising investment.

But a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister yesterday clarified that the size of the bill was still under discussion with the EU.

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