The “will” of the people shifts: Tony Blair on Brexit
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged the remain voters to persuade Brexit supporters that Britain is better off staying in the European Union.
Blair said Britain should keep its options open on whether leave the European Union or not until the completion of Brexit talk. We are the insurgents now, he remarked.
Staying in the EU should not be ruled out as it becomes clearer what Brexit will mean for the Britain’s economic, social and cultural future, Blair said in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s “Today” show. Describing the referendum result as “a catastrophe,” he said it should be open to the British public to change their minds.
“We just don’t know what we’re going to be offered as an alternative and once we know we’ll be in a position to make a decision,” said Blair. “There’s got to be some way, either through parliament or through an election, possibly through another referendum, that people express their view.”
In June’s referendum, 51.9% of voters moved in favour of leaving the EU. While Blair admitted that it was right to ”accept the verdict of the people” delivered in the first referendum. But he claimed that the opinion of the people change when Brexit becomes a reality by saying, “The issue is not whether we ignore the will of the people, but whether the ‘will’ of the people shifts”