TONY BLAIR has insisted that the British people will change their minds about Brexit – and come around to his point of view.
The former Prime Minister claimed that the British people still might U-turn over Brexit as Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50.
Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, the former Prime Minister said the British people still may change their minds over the “tragedy” of Brexit.
He said: “My view is very simply I agree at the moment the argument for many people is over.
“But if, as you go down this path, the British people realise three things that I think it could change.
“One, that the gain is actually losery, two, that the pain is very substantial, and three, that the distraction from the Government and the country in the meantime is enormous, when there are these real big challenges, on the economy, in healthcare, education, immigration, are not being dealt with.”
The 63-year-old former Prime Minister claimed that he was “not suggesting that at this point” but argued that could change if constituents begin putting their MPs under pressure over Brexit.
He added: “With people saying, ‘hang on I didn’t know this is what it meant’.
“One of the things I have done in the last few months is talk to a range of people, if it is permissible to still talk to experts.
“I didn’t understand how complicated this is going to be. If they [the Government] are going to try and deliver exactly the same benefits, as we have now in the single market and the customs union this is an endeavour of unparalleled complexity.”
The former Prime Minister added that he thought another referendum was “possible” but he admitted he didn’t “put it higher than that.”
Marr asked whether Mr Blair was suggesting that there would be a rebellion across the country with changing views.
Mr Blair said: “People start to think, ‘is this really going to be the thing that is going to be important’.
“Then when you look at Scotland you see another strain on the constitution of the country as a result.”
The former Prime Minister finished by launching an attack on the current Labour Party leader suggesting the party’s views needed to be clear, before he claimed the UK needed to reform within Europe.
‘When I say, ‘Well, let’s just keep our options open’, it’s condemned as treason. Why wouldn’t you keep your options open?’
‘Either you get maximum access to the single market, in which case you’ll end up accepting a significant number of the rules on immigration, on payment into the budget, on the European court’s jurisdiction.
On Theresa May: ‘I would not be rude and disrespectful in that way… No, I think she’s a very solid, sensible person but she’s delivering Brexit. And she has to deliver it. Otherwise she will lose the support of that very strong right-wing media.’
‘I think that you’re perfectly able to distinguish between Islamists and Muslims. But there is a threat that is based on the perversion of religion, and you should acknowledge it as such in my view.’
He said: “What the Labour Party should say is, we voted for Remain, we still believe the best thing for Britain is to be part of the European Union.
“We acknowledge that the people have voted against that. We acknowledge therefore that the Government have a mandate, to negotiate Brexit.
“We are going to hold them to the test that they have set, and if they do not pass that test, then we are going to retain the right to represent the people of this country should their will change.
“To offer them the option of staying particularly in a reformed Europe, which should be the other part of what the opposition and the Government are doing, which is to investigate with the rest of Europe the possibilities of reform.”