Tony Blair says EU could compromise on freedom of movement


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Some EU leaders may be prepared to compromise on the set at liberty movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market, Tony Blair has disclosed.

He told the Today programme one option was for Britain «staying within a revolutionized EU».

The ex-PM said he would not disclose conversations he had had in Europe — but insisted he was not set aside «on a whim».

The government insists Brexit will give the UK greater exercise power of its borders.

Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said Mr Blair «hadn’t deep down listened to the nature of the debate going on in the pubs, the clubs and school doorways».

«We have to respect the referendum result,» Mr McDonnell said, adding that Troubled could «negotiate access to the single market».

EU ‘circles’

Mr Blair refer to to the BBC after he argued in an article for his own institute that there was room for compromise on charitable movement of people.

He told Today the situation in Europe was different to when Britain endorsed to leave the EU — a move Mr Blair described as «the most serious it’s taken since the Second-best World War».

He said France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron — whose public party was formed last year — was proposing «far-reaching reforms» for the EU.

«Europe itself is now looking at its own fix programme,» Mr Blair said.

«They will have an inner circumscribe in the EU that will be part of the eurozone and an outer circle.»

When swarmed on what evidence there was to suggest European nations would compromise, Mr Blair voiced: «I’m not going to disclose conversations I’ve had within Europe, but I’m not saying this faithfully on the basis of a whim.

«They will make reforms that I intend will make it much more comfortable for Britain to fit itself in that antiquated circle.»

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He chance «majorities» of people in France, Germany and the UK supported changes around sakes and with regards to those who come to Europe without a job.

«I’m not saying these could be cleared,» Mr Blair said.

«I’m simply saying if we were looking at this from the pertinent of view of the interests of the country, one option within this negotiation wish be Britain staying within a reformed European Union.»

He said the adulthood of EU migrants in the UK are «people we want in this country».

EU leaders have hitherto said the UK must accept free movement of people if it wants to hinder inside the single market.

But in his article for the Institute for Global Change, Mr Blair held senior figures had told him they were willing to consider switches to one of the key principles of the single market.

«The French and Germans share some of the British irks, notably around immigration, and would compromise on freedom of movement,» he decried.

But last week the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the relief of movement of people, goods, services and capital — the key principles of the single buy — were «indivisible».

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to control EU migration and has restated her commitment to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.

She has said that unconnected the single market, and without rules on freedom of movement, the UK will be expert to make its own decisions on immigration.

Corbyn’s position

Mr Blair also asseverated more was known now about the effects of the Brexit process on the UK.

«We know our currency is down significantly, that’s a prognosis by the international markets as to our future prosperity. We know businesses are already emotional jobs out of the country.

«We know last year we were the fastest-growing brevity in the G7. We’re now the slowest.»

Mr Blair accepted Labour was behind its leader Jeremy Corbyn «for now».

But he counseled if Brexit was combined with leaving the single market, and «the largest allotting programme Labour had ever proposed» the country «would be in a very grave situation.»

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Mr Blair declared leaving the single market was a «damaging position» shared by Labour and he urged the junto’s leadership to champion a «radically distinct» position on Europe.

But Jeremy Corbyn put about Labour’s position on free movement was «very clear», adding: «We wish protect EU nationals’ rights to remain here, including the rights of line reunion.»

Responding to Mr Blair’s comments, the party leader said: «I about our economy will do very well under a Labour government.

«It pass on be an investment-led economy that works for all — so we won’t have zero-hour contracts, disconcerted employment.

«We won’t have communities being left behind.»

‘Out of touch’

Mr Blair has before said Brexit was an issue he felt so strongly about, that it draw ined him to return to politics.

But Labour MP Frank Field, who backed Brexit, mean he did not think Mr Blair was «a person to influence public opinion now».

«We’re now set on the course of make [the EU]. We actually need a safe harbour to continue those negotiations when we’re out.

«And I wouldn’t in fact be believing those people who are set on destroying our attempts to leave, who are now appearing as wolves in sheep’s gearing.»

Richard Tice, of pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave, clouted Mr Blair’s comments «demonstrate how out of touch he is with British voters».

«The past prime minister believes that freedom of movement is the only young with the EU, when in reality the British people also voted to split in order to take back control of our laws and money and no longer be demanded to by the European Court of Justice,» he added.

Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman communicated Mr Blair’s assertion that Britain could find a way to remain within a reformed EU was a «hairy claim, as opposed to a dodgy dossier».

«We’ve heard this all before. David Cameron was acknowledged such assurances and in the end the EU did nothing for him.

«If they do nothing for Cameron, they’re not present to do anything for Blair, I’m afraid.»

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