Tony Blair says in which Britain’s departure coming from the European Union is actually not etched in stone.
In an interview with the completely new Statesman, the former British prime minister said the process could be halted.
“This kind of can be stopped if the British people decide in which, having seen what This kind of means, the pain-gain cost-benefit analysis doesn’t stack up,” Blair told the magazine.
The former Labour Party boss believes in which parliament — or the British people — will inside the end be allowed to pass judgment on the specific exit deal negotiated with the EU.
in which puts him at odds with Prime Minister Theresa May, who has rejected calls for a second referendum, while insisting in which “Brexit means Brexit.” She’s also appealing a court ruling in which parliament should have a vote before the formal exit negotiations begin.
May has committed to triggering the legal exit process by the end of March. in which will set off two years of frantic negotiations over the terms of Britain’s exit coming from the trading bloc.
Blair makes the case for a public evaluation of whatever deal is actually negotiated. Will Britain retain access to the EU’s giant free trade area? Or will This kind of be forced to go This kind of alone as well as also negotiate completely new trade deals with Europe as well as also the rest of the globe?
“Why wouldn’t you keep your options open? Why wouldn’t you say, ‘We took This kind of decision, we took This kind of before we saw what its consequences are; right now we see its consequences, we’re not so sure?’ ” he asked.
Related: The cost as well as also complexity of leaving the EU
The public got its first official look at the cost of Brexit on Wednesday. The U.K. will be forced to borrow an extra £58.7 billion ($72.6 billion) over the next all 5 years because of an economic slowdown triggered by the exit, according to estimates published by the Office of Budget Responsibility.
The independent government agency said growth will slump to just 1.4% next year — the weakest rate since 2009.
Blair, who has expressed a desire to reengage in policy debates inside the U.K., cited the example of a deal offered to Nissan ( following the referendum. In exchange for continued investment inside the U.K., May is actually believed to have offered the Japanese automaker certain commitments. )
yet the specifics of the deal remain a closely held government secret.
“I don’t know what the terms of in which deal are, yet we should know,” Blair said. “Because in which will tell us a lot about what [the government is actually] prepared to concede in order to keep access to the [EU] single market.”
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Blair won three consecutive general elections, the last in 2005. He was the Labour Party’s longest serving prime minister yet faced fierce criticism over his decision to join the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
right now he is actually intent on returning to policy debates by leading a resurgence of the center-left.
“You’ve got to learn the right lessons of Brexit, Trump as well as also these well-liked movements across the Western world,” he said. “Otherwise you’re going to end up in a situation where you seriously think in which the populism of the left is actually going to defeat the populism of the right. This kind of absolutely won’t.”
sy88pgw (London) First published November 24, 2016: 9:05 AM ET