Brexit: Tony Blair calls for new 'cross-party movement' to persuade leavers to remain

Brexit: Tony Blair calls for new 'cross-party movement' to persuade leavers to remain

Tony Blair gave a key speech on Brexit today (Stock photo)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tony Blair has called on pro-European voters to take part in a "mission" to change the minds of leave voters.

Speaking at the Bloomberg headquarters in London, the former Prime Minister claimed the people didn't know what they were voting for in a full withdrawal from the European Union. 

He said the idea of leaving being "inevitable" was wrong. 

He said: "The people voted without knowledge of Brexit's true terms. As they become clear, it is their right to change their mind.

"Our mission is to persuade them to do so. I don't know if we can succeed.

"This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair; but to defend what we believe."

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson dismisssed Mr. Blair's speech, claiming the Government would make a success of Brexit.

He said: "I urge people, instead of rising up against Brexit, to rise up and turn off the TV whenever Tony Blair is on."

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