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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Labor for Brexit? Jeremy Corbyn Slams and ridicules Tony Blair
Urging the former Prime Minister to “respect the result” of the EU referendum, the Labour leader said he didn’t block Article 50 because “democracy happened".
Speaking at Labour’s local government conference at Warwick University, Corbyn reportedly said: “I would ask those to think about this, the referendum gave a result, gave a very clear decision on this, and we have to respect that decision, that’s why we didn’t block Article 50.
“But we are going to be part of all this campaigning, all these negotiations about the kind of relationship we have in Europe in the future. The referendum happened, let's respect the result. Democracy happened, respect the result."
Blair sparked fury at his anti-Brexit speech in Bloomberg’s Moorgate headquarters as he suggested Britain could abandon Brexit without a second referendum.
Insisting he is not calling for a new political party to fight against leaving the EU, Blair demanded a cross-party campaign to tackle the Government’s Brexit strategy.
The ex-Labour leader said: “What was unfortunately only dim in our sight before the referendum is now in plain sight. The road we're going down is not simply ‘hard Brexit’. It is Brexit at any cost.
“Our challenge is to expose relentlessly what this cost is, to show how the decision was based on imperfect knowledge which will now become informed knowledge."
In a direct response, Corbyn said at the conference: "I don't quite know what Tony means there. Our party membership has more than doubled, we had a big campaign to remain and reform the European Union."
Shadow Justice Secretary, Richard Burgon was quick to lambast Blair over his anti-Brexit plans.
He tweeted: “Tony Blair seems to feel economic and political institution that is the EU is perfect and referendum shouldn’t count.
“Addressing UK from heart of banking, Tony Blair uses his formidable oratorical skills to argue referendum shouldn’t count."
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