Brexit: For Blair, the UK’s return to the EU is a matter for the ‘future generation’
The 69-year-old former Labor leader had staunchly opposed Brexit, notably campaigning in Northern Ireland to warn of the consequences of leaving the European Union for peace in the territory.
The United Kingdom will return to the European Union from which it left after the referendum Britain’s exit from the European Union Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that 2016, is not an option for many years.
“The question of whether and how Britain will return to the European Union is for the future generation. I think that is the reality,” he said on Saturday. Tony Blairin an interview with Agence France-Presse and European news agencies Ansa, DPA and Efe, from the offices of his Institute for Global Change in central London.
The 69-year-old former Labor leader had staunchly opposed Brexit, notably campaigning in Northern Ireland to prevent the consequences of leaving the European Union for peace in the province, which was shaken by three decades of violence until the peace agreement was signed in April 1998. Almost 25 years ago.
The county’s institutions have been paralyzed for a year, in the face of a boycott of the Democratic Unionist Party, which opposes post-Brexit provisions in Northern Ireland.
“So many things we can do together”
He estimated that “I think the debate in the UK now is more about how much we want to rebuild a strong relationship with Europe, what I think we should do, and I hope Labor thinks so too.”
Before I add: “I think there are a lot of things we can do together.”
According to him, the United kingdom And the European Union has many issues that need to be dealt with jointly, such as energy and climate, research or even defense and security after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
And he adds, “I think it is very important to try to cooperate in the field of technology, otherwise Europe, of which the United Kingdom is a part, will be crushed between the two tech giants that are the United States and China, and perhaps even by a third, India.”
“The urgent task is to solve the problems of Brexit, because the damage is clear,” insists Tony Blair, evoking the disappointment of the British in the face of economic difficulties, illegal immigration or even the problems of the public health system, which the “Brexiters” had promised to solve thanks to Britain’s exit from the European Union.
After tensions between the EU and the UK under Boris Johnson, who took a hard line on Brexit, and then after caretaker Prime Minister Liz Truss, current Downing Street tenant Rishi Sunak appears to want more appea*****t with the EU.
He recently concluded an agreement with Brussels to amend post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland, as well as a new agreement with France to combat illegal immigration.
L’opposition travailliste, largement en tête dans les sonsdages à moins deux ans des prochaines élections législatives, ne remet pas en cause la sortie de l’UE, son chef Keir Starmer promettant de “faire fonctionner le Brexit” s’il parvient au Can.
“I think there is ambivalence among a lot of people in the UK about Brexit. Although I think people see the problems[caused by Brexit]they don’t want to go back to the divisions that this discussion has created” Tony Blair explains. “So I completely understand the position of the Labor Party,” he concluded.