Tony Blair admitted Brexit will not affect the position of the United Kingdom on the international scene as he insisted Britain “will recover” whatever the consequence. The former Labour Prime Minister, who has been known for his vocal support of the European Union project, repeatedly warned Britons about the potential effects a withdrawal from the bloc could have on the economy. But speaking to Morning Joe, Mr Blair appeared confident in Britain’s ability to recover: “Whatever happens – we do Brexit, we don’t do Brexit – Britain will remain a great country.
“We’ll get back on our feet again, we will recover.”
Despite his upbeat forecast, the former Prime Minister reiterated his support for a second Brexit referendum to confirm the willingness of the country to leave the European Union by the new October 31 deadline.
He continued: “When you look at the detail of Brexit, there are different types of Brexit. It’s not simple as just saying ‘you gotta do it.’
“The question is what form of Brexit. Then the question is, with a decision of this magnitude, the biggest decision my country has taken since the Second World War, and with three years of this mess, is it sensible to ask for the final say on whatever deal Parliament finally agrees to to go back to the people?”
Speaking following the publication of a report commissioned by his Institute for Change in October, Mr Blair claimed “the pain will go on for a long time” as the analysis suggested leaving the bloc without a formal agreement with Brussels would cause productivity to drop by 4.91 percent.
Mr Blair said: “Many people may think that though the short-term impact of Brexit will be severe, we will swiftly recover. This analysis demonstrates that this is not the case.
“The pain will go on for a long time and will only be reduced by radical measures of deregulation and cost saving to improve Britain’s competitive advantage with Europe, which run in precisely the opposite direction of the policies now advocated by both main political parties.”
Theresa May on Wednesday secured a further extension to October 31 to continue her attempts at a compromise with the Labour Party to avoid a no deal Brexit scenario.
Mrs May has insisted she will try to reach an agreement before May 22 to keep British voters from having to take part in European parliamentary election and avoid having British MEPs take their seats in the European Parliament in July.
But despite reiterating she will try to get Britain out of the EU by May, British parties on Friday launched their campaigns for the European poll.
Mr Farage said he wants to mount a “democratic revolution” to overturn the existing political order in Britain.
The former Ukip leader said the launch of the campaign marked the “start of the fightback” against a career political class that had betrayed the Brexit referendum.
He said: “I haven’t spent 25 years of my life doing that to simply roll over and to allow a career political class to betray that result without me fighting back. The fightback begins here.
“Our two-party system simply cannot cope with Brexit. Our two-party system has been exposed as being unfit for purpose. We have a Parliament that is completely out of touch with our country. Politics is broken.
“Our task and our mission are to change politics for good.”