John McDonnell says Tony Blair is out of touch on Brexit debate

  • John McDonnell says Tony Blair is out of touch on Brexit debate

John McDonnell says Tony Blair is out of touch on Brexit debate

First of all, I think a lot of people voted Labour, not because they thought he was about to be Prime Minister and Labour was about to win but because they were horrified at the Tory campaign and wanted to put the brakes on it.

56 per cent of people agreed with this, even if it meant leaving the European Union without a deal with the bloc, according to research from the former PM's Institute for Global change.

"By calling for the decisions of the voters and Parliament to be overturned, Tony Blair is demonstrating once again that he is out of touch".

London - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the second time slammed into debate over Britain's exit from the European Union bloc, in an attempt to run a new political agenda by which he could amend European Union laws and safeguard British interests.

"When people blithely say 'we will get roughly the same terms as we do now with the single market, ' I literally know no one in the European system who believes this", Blair said.

AROUND 40 per cent of businesses in the United Kingdom say Brexit has negatively influenced their investment decisions according to new research.

Tony Blair: EU leaders are willing to 'accommodate' Britain in Brexit talks

The Brussels talks will be pored over by all sides in London, where PM Theresa May's minority government remains fragile one month after a snap election in which her Conservative Party lost its majority. Electoral setbacks for anti-EU parties and the arrival of the Europhile Emmanuel Macron as French president have lifted their mood. Now, what's happening in Europe at the moment, two things.

Mr Barnier said the negotiators would "now delve into the heart of the matter". They will make reforms that I think will make it much more comfortable for Britain to fit itself in that outer circle.

"If a rightwing populist punch in the form of Brexit was followed by a leftwing populist punch in the form of unreconstructed hard-left economics, Britain would hit the canvas, flat on our back and be out for a long count", he said.

"Our savings ratio is the lowest for 50 years, the investment community internationally has now gone really negative on us, the currency's down 10, 12 per cent, investment in the motorcar industry for example is down 30 per cent, living standards are stagnating, I mean this is causing us real damage".

On that timetable, Barnier reckons, a broad political deal on the outlines of a new, open trading relationship could be in place by late next year, allowing for a transitional phase of up to a few years after Brexit to negotiate all the details.