Blair shuts down ‘pointless’ demands for UK to re-join EU – ex-PM admits Brexit ‘is over’

Brexit: Tony Blair says political argument ‘is over’

There is “no point” for Remainers to campaign for the UK to re-join the EU, Tony Blair has warned. The former Prime Minister spoke to BBC Newscast about the progress of the “ugly and dispiriting” Brexit negotiations. Mr Blair explained what Britain must find a new “framework” for a changing relationship with Europe.

He told the podcast: “Brexit as a political argument is over, but you can’t pretend it’s not a big event that’s about to happen in practical terms.

“Therefore, short-term it’s going to be very challenging for the country, especially in combination with Covid.

“There’s no point in being daft about it.

“If you’re going to come out of the European system, and your largest existing, market you’re going to have to work out what your economic niche in the new world is.”

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The former Labour leader was questioned specifically on whether he would therefore argue against the UK rejoining the EU.

Mr Blair said: “I just think there’s no point getting into that.

“It’s over for the foreseeable future. I can’t predict what happens in the future.

“What I think is important is to play a part now.”

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He added: “What does the new British economy, and its new political relationships, look like?

“What’s the new relationship with Europe? Because once this rather ugly and dispiriting negotiation is over, we’re going to have to work that out.

“My view here is that we should be finding points of cooperation with Europe where you deepen the relationships even outside of the EU framework because it’s in our interest.”

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Brexit talks have resumed once again today in an attempt to hash out the final sticking points.

However, with less than a month before the end of the transition period, the chances of securing a deal appear to be receding.

The UK has accused the EU of introducing new demands at the “eleventh hour”.

With less than one month to go for Britain and the EU to agree a trade deal, the chances of that happening are said to be receding.

However the EU is refuting this claim, saying that there was nothing new or surprising on its side.

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