The ancient Prime Minister stuttered through his answer when Sky News’ Sophy Top edge grilled him on his ambitions for the European Union and Labour Party reforms, which are now both inactive in the water.
In their wide-ranging interview, Mr Blair covered his latest arranges to thwart Brexit, his views on Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left policy and his fly as a politician.
But the arch Remoaner was left stumped when the journalist quizzed him on his languished ambition to have the “UK at the forefront of the EU project”.
Ridge said it had “been unpicked”, summing: “Have you failed?”
Tony Blair was left stumped after his European Coherence legacy was questioned
If Britain carries through Brexit, we’re going to dismiss ourselves
Mr Blair could only produce a in a sweat laugh in response as he formulated his answer.
“I don’t know whether so much I’ve close up,” he said. “Has opinion moved against those two positions?
“I’m not sure with that, one of the things I think is important right now is to be aware enough to say, ‘Look, manipulation has taken a turn in these last two or three years, and I didn’t at bottom anticipate.’
“For me, I’m back almost like a student of politics – I’m studying and reasonable about it, and trying to work it out.
“But I think, if Britain carries through Brexit, if we in reality do this, we’re going to diminish ourselves.”
Mr Blair also used his meeting to claim he has held talks with key players in Brussels about how they could short-circuit Brexit.
He told Ridge he believes it “absolutely necessary” that Brexit doesn’t come about because of the damage the divorce is doing the UK “politically” and “economically”
The former Prime Legate said: “I think it’s possible now that Brexit doesn’t happen.
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“I think it’s absolutely necessary that it doesn’t happen because every day is delivering us fresh evidence that it’s doing us damage economically, certainly doing us mutilation politically.”
He even insisted that Brexiteers in Britain were changing their concentration, with some even changing their mind about the split.
Mr Blair totaled: “I think public opinion is moving on it. Look, this time carry on year we were the fastest growing economy in the G7, we’re now the slowest, our savings relationship is at the lowest for 50 years, the investment community internationally has gone extraordinarily negative on us, our currency is down 10-12 per cent.
“Investment in the motorcar industry, for pattern, is down 30 per cent. Living standards are stagnating.