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Tony Blair Slams Brexit: 'Leaving The EU Is Sickening And Evil'

Former British Prime Minster accuses Theresa May of 'sickening irresponsibility

 on 25th February 2018 @ 1.01pm
 tony blair has branded the uk s exit from the european union as sickening © press
Tony Blair has branded the UK's exit from the European Union as sickening

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has branded the UK's exit from the European Union, otherwise known as 'Brexit', as "sickening and "evil" as he blasted Theresa May for following through with article 50. 

Blair's attack on the Prime Minister comes as he accused May of “sickening irresponsibility” of following through with the British public's vote to leave the EU.

Mr. Blair said: “Each speech in this bizarre parade of Government Ministers designed to show unity only further exposes the division.

“They all try to pull the sword out of the stone, huffing and puffing away, and all fail." reports: Writing on the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change website, Mr Blair said: “Each speech in this bizarre parade of Government Ministers designed to show unity only further exposes the division.

“They all try to pull the sword out of the stone, huffing and puffing away, and all fail.

“The Chequers meeting had barely ended before each side was briefing victory and the PM unity.

“They’re basically still in ‘cake and eat it’ mode and it won’t work.”

Mr Blair claimed there was no escape from what he termed “the binary nature of the choice over future trading arrangements”.

He added: “The reality is that if Britain wants a close trading relationship with Europe after Brexit, it will have to abide by European regulation because that is the basis of present day European commerce in the Single Market.

“You can call this regulatory alignment, equivalence or mutual recognition and these are, strictly, technically, very different from each other.

“But in the end, they will amount to the same thing: we will be keeping in line with European rules and standards.”

Mr Blair was particularly scathing on the subject of the Irish border, writing: “There are politicians prepared to sacrifice the Good Friday Agreement on the altar of Brexit and declare that the peace agreed in Northern Ireland is not, really, worth having anyway.

“This is irresponsibility that is frankly sickening.”

Training his sights on senior ministers within Mrs May’s cabinet, he added: “If Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg can’t agree with Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd and Justine Greening on what type of Brexit, and so they’re in a fight to the finish or a fudge, how can we say the British people have mandated either the finish or the fudge?

“If Britain leaves the European Union, especially if it does so with a clean break, its choices will be stark. We must understand the deep motivations of those who have led us to Brexit. “Brexit has never really been about ‘taking back control’ for those who have created this project, nurtured it, used the full weight of their media power, and built the winning alliance for the referendum.”

Mr Blair warned “true Brexiteers” believe Europe is the “shock to the system that forces us to change the country radically”.

He said: “They will play to the nationalist sentiment around issues like immigration. But it is very similar to the Trump phenomenon. It is a new political coalition of free market business people and nationalists, united in their dislike of Government, political correctness and cultural integration.”

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