The former Labour Minister is expected to say in his speech that people unknowingly voted in Brexit. He is also set to champion against what he terms May’s “rush over the cliff’s edge”, as her government’s does all it can tp get the Brexit Bill past parliament at whatever cost, reports The Guardian.
Mr. Blair will then demand that the British people should be given an opportunity to change their mind over the matter, and ask the 48% against Brexit to remain firm. He will tell them that we are in a time when no one should retreat but rather “rise up in defense of what we believe.”
Tony Blair’s speech will coincide with May’s preparation for tough talks with French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. The French Senate published a report that insisted Britain must not be better off post-Brexit.
The Open Britain campaign group organized the speech set to be delivered in London. It comes at a time when the House of Lords is yet to start debating the Brexit Bill, which when passed, Ms May will have gotten a go ahead to trigger Article 50.
Triggering Article 50 formally begins the withdrawal process from Brexit.
Despite this process making one of UK’s history biggest constitutional changes, the ministers want the bill to be passed unopposed and zero amendment.
But Blair won’t have any of that. He is expected to insist that the current government is a government of Brexit, for Brexit and one that is “mono-purpose political entity.”
In his argument, the man responsible for having given his party victory in three general elections will explain that the 23rd June referendum was misguided and that the people have the right to change their mind.
He has served as UK Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007.
He will call upon the need to look again at Brexit when “we have a clear sense of where we’re going”.
In addition, he will insist that all the Brexit issues are spearheaded by immigration concerns, which he himself considers a substantial issue.
“Nonetheless, we have moved in a few months from a debate about what sort of Brexit involving a balanced consideration of all the different possibilities; to the primacy of one consideration – namely controlling immigration from the EU – without any real discussion as to why and when Brexit doesn’t affect the immigration people most care about.”
The government has remained adamant that no opportunity for a second referendum will be given since the people voiced out their opinion on 23rd June.
Leave Campaigners have termed Mr. Blair’s comments as arrogant and undemocratic.
Their argument is that Brexit will set the UK free so that it can conduct trade with other nations while still controlling immigration better.