Brexit news: Tony Blair has claimed it is still possible to block Brexit
Tony Blair said Britain could still remain in the EU and said the chances of overturning the will of 17.4 million people was actually increasing.
Mr Blair said the “political centre of Europe” was being squeezed on both sides – as well as from foreign “giants” including China.
Speaking to German newspaper Stern, Mr Blair said: “The political centre of Europe is threatened – by the left as well as by the right.
“We will have three giants, namely China, India and the US. If you do not want to be crushed by these giants, only alliances will help.”
He also warned of the “growing appeal of the authoritarian leadership-style”.
Mr Blair said: “Donald Trump’s success has certainly something to do with the fact he addressed citizens who felt marginalised. But that does not explain everything. The other explanation is that he says, ‘I get things done, I’ll tackle them.’ This is how he does it, even if we disagree with him.”
He said this is why it was essential to fight against Brexit and said overturning the vote was a growing possibility.
Tony Blair said Brexit still had a 40 percent chance of being blocked
The former PM said: “In these times, secessionist movements like here or in Spain are simply crazy.
“[The G7 Summit] showed how important it is for Europe to remain united and strong. Brexit does the opposite, and I understand the US viewpoint, but it follows that Europe must just as effectively defend its own interests.”
He said the campaign to block Brexit was succeeding with the chances of overturning the vote increasing.
Tony Blair said China, India and the US threatened the EU
Mr Blair said: “At the beginning of the year, I thought we were at 25 percent, but now I think about 40 percent.”
“People obviously believed we would be more free and more sovereign but the opposite is the case, we will not be more free.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg