The ex-PM claims that EU leaders have said they could compromise on the free movement of people to keep Britain in the single market.
Editor’s Remarks: The antipathy of the UK public, and that of his Labour party especially, towards Tony Blair has almost certainly stymied his efforts to fill the still vacant role of political figurehead for UK Remainers. But he still has the power to provoke and his comments on the BBC that he knows EU leaders who would be willing to compromise has added to the debate. His claims come as UK business leaders are increasingly vociferous about the dire economic effects of a “hard” Brexit and the news flow about businesses, from banks to airlines, starting to move operations to the EU starts to gather pace. Blair’s comments were rejected out of hand by both Labour and Tory figures, but the economy is flagging, the Tories are riven by infighting and Labour has its eyes on the prize of an autumn general election. UK politics is set to get very confrontational this autumn as the economic realities of Brexit start to hit home and Blair could be laying the groundwork for a real pro-remain figure head to emerge.