Former PM argues asserts make use of leave campaign now clearly untrue and so British voters deserve second referendum
Tony Blair has confirmed that he is trying to reverse Brexit, arguing that voters deserve a second referendum because the” PS350m per week for the NHS” promise has now been exposed as untrue.
In an interview with the BBC Radio 4′ s The World This Weekend on Sunday, the former prime minister said that what was happening to the “crumbling” NHS was a” national tragedy” and that it was now “very clear” that the Vote Leave promise about Brexit leading to higher NHS spending would not be honoured.
” When the facts change, I think people are entitled to change their mind ,” said Blair, who has always been a strong foe of Brexit but who has rarely been so explicit about being on a personal mission to stop it happening.
Asked if his purpose in its relationship with Brexit was to reverse it, Blair responded:” Yes, precisely so .”
He added:” My belief is that, in the end, when the country sees the choice of this new relationship, it will realise that it’s either going to be something that does profound damage to the country, or alternatively, having left the European Union, left the single marketplace, we will try and by some entails recreate the benefit of that in some new relationship, in which instance I think many people will think,’ What’s the point ?'”
Blair repudiated the argument that he was eluding the will of the people.” The will of the person or persons is not something immutable. People can change their mind if the circumstances change ,” he said.