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Former British prime minister Tony Blair has hinted at his support to have a second referendum if a “significant part” of those who voted for Brexit change their mind.
Speaking to launch his campaign to “persuade” people not to leave the EU, Mr Blair said:
If a significant part of that 52 per cent show real change of mind, however you measure it, we should have the opportunity to reconsider the decision.
Whether you do it through another referendum, or another method, that’s a second order question.
The former leader of the Labour party also invoked the “propensity for revolt” seen across the developed to call on pro-EU supporters to convince people who “voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit”.
“As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind. Our mission is to persuade them to do”, he added.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV after the speech, Mr Blair said
Right now there is no way that the many millions of people who feel that this decision is wrong, and who particularly now think we are going down a route to Brexit at any cost, there is no way they can articulate their feelings.
Mr Blair said he wanted to “strengthen the hand of the MPs who are with us and let those against know they have serious opposition to Brexit At Any Cost”, adding:
This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair; but the time to rise up in defence of what we believe – calmly, patiently, winning the argument by the force of argument; but without fear and with the conviction we act in the true interests of Britain.
He also warned of the consequences of a “hard Brexit” for the unity of the United Kingdom.
“We are already seeing the de-stabilising impact of negotiation over border arrangements on the Northern Ireland peace process.”