Brexit: Corbyn's Labour 'aiding Tories', says Tony Blair

From BBC - January 3, 2018

Tony Blair has attacked Labour's "timidity" on Brexit, saying it would deliver a departure from the EU designed by the "Tory right".

He urged the party he once led to "nail" the "myths" of the Brexit campaign - and fight for the rights of voters to "think again" about leaving.

He said 2018 would be the year the fate of Britain would be decided.

Labour has backed Brexit and ruled out a second referendum if it wins power.

Britain is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, but Mr Blair said it would be too late to change course by then.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer says Labour will push for a deal that would preserve as many of the benefits of the single market and customs union as possible, as well as protecting workers' rights and the environment.

But Mr Blair believes this is a "confusing" strategy and is not "credible".

"Far better to fight for the right for the country to re-think, demand that we know the full details of the new relationship before we quit the old one, go to the high ground on opposing Brexit and go after the Tories for their failures to tackle the country's real challenges.

"Make Brexit the Tory Brexit. Make them own it 100%. Show people why Brexit is not and never was the answer."

Mr Blair - a longstanding critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - has ditched his business interests to take a more active role in British politics through his Institute for Global Change think tank.

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