Tony Blair: People should change their minds over Brexit


The ex-Labour Prime Minister has called for the British public to rethink their choice of leaving the European Union – Brexit – because of the unsurity to the “true terms”that the Leave vote would lead to.

However, his claims that the people should “rise up” against Brexit, and the possible proposal of a second referendum have been deemed vastly undemocratic by party members, and critics alike, with Ian Duncan Smith – in an interview with Sky News – have the following to say about Tony Blair’s interference:

The ida we are going to have Tony Blair coming in, late in the day lecturing, after advising quasi-dictators around the world what to do.

“He seems to have forgotten what democracy is about. […] Democracy is about asking people a question and then acting on it. That’s what we did and that’s what we are doing at the moment. The government and Theresa May is doing exactly the right thing.

“The idea that you just keep on asking the British people until they give you the right answer to the question, which is his case, and some of his political elite friends is no we don’t want to leave the European Union is arrogant really.”

Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader, compared Tony Blair to a boxer, who is knocked out:

“Blair is yesterdays man. He’s like the heavyweight world champion who needs to come back and make some money but gets knocked out first round.

“At the end of the day Blair will be on the canvas!”

To see if the former PM’s claims are true, BBC checked the claims – some are true, and yet some are false, and/or taken out of context to befit the speech.

The full speech can be read here.


Author: Thomas Parkes

Hi, my name is Thomas Parkes. I'm currently a student at the City of Wolverhampton College, studing the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

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