Blair Offers Fresh Brexit Referendum, Gets Slammed as 'Tendentious'

Blair Offers Fresh Brexit Referendum, Gets Slammed as 'Tendentious'

Mr Blair insisted there was "little doubt that Brexit is causing economic difficulty" but said it was not the only reason for allowing "the right for people to think again".

However, following the Brexit referendum, in November 2016, the OBR was forced to admit they had been "too gloomy" about the United Kingdom economy after a Brexit vote and their recent productivity forecast was criticised as the return of "project fear".

Supporters of Brexit accused Blair of undermining both Britain's negotiations with the European Union and the will of the people.

The first stage of talks has been delayed and dogged by disagreements over issues such as the size of the bill to settle the UK's accounts and the state of the land border between EU-member Ireland and the UK.

"The renewed weakness of productivity growth over the first half of 2017 will nearly certainly have been exacerbated by the Brexit Vote", the Tony Blair Institute for Change quotes the OBR as saying. He described 2018 as "the year when the fate of Brexit and thus of Britain will be decided". The government said that the country is due to leave the European Union on March 29 next year, with or without a deal in place. "They voted to leave".

In Mr Blair's latest article published on his institute's website, he offered this advice to Jeremy Corbyn and his team: "At every PMQs nail each myth of the Brexit campaign, say why the Tory divisions are weakening our country, something only credible if we are opposed to Brexit, not advocating a different Brexit, and challenge the whole farce head on of a prime minister leading our nation in a direction which even today she can't bring herself to say she would vote for".

Mr Blair accuses Labour of having a "confusing" position on the issue, and argues the Opposition party's "timidity" will see it become "the handmaiden of Brexit".

Can Brexit be reversed?

Yes, says the man who helped write rule book The data illustrate that Mrs May is beholden to her party members, which make up just a fraction of the electorate, which was split - 52 per cent to 48 per cent - in favor of Brexit in the referendum in 2016.

Just 14 per cent of Conservatives favour holding a second vote that might reverse Brexit, according to the YouGov survey of political party members for Queen Mary University of London.

The former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont said that Mr Blair's comments were "pure cynicism" and "simply an attempt to sabotage the result of the referendum".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn later hit back at the bank, saying: "They're right: We're a threat to a damaging and failed system that is rigged for the few".

"The fact is the so-called advantages of the single market are very much overstated", he told the BBC.

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