TONY Blair is making a major return to frontline politics in a bid to get people to “rise up” and stop the UK from leaving the EU.
The former Prime Minister is set to deliver a speech today urging pro-European Brits to come together and force another referendum.
He will apparently insist that despite the 52-48% vote margin to leave the bloc, people are allowed to change their minds.
Speaking to the pro-EU think tank Open Britain, the ex-Labour leader will suggest that a second referendum or snap general election could stop the UK leaving.
And he will also say that both Parliament and the public need to have the last word on any Brexit deal that Theresa May negotiates.
He will say: “For many people, the core of the immigration question – and one which I fully accept is a substantial issue – is immigration from non-European countries especially when from different cultures in which assimilation and potential security threats can be an issue.
“Nonetheless, we have moved in a few months from a debate about what sort of Brexit, involving a balanced consideration of all the different possibilities, to the primacy of one consideration – namely, controlling immigration from the EU – without any real discussion as to why Brexit doesn’t affect the immigration people most care about.
“Yet we’re told we have to stop debating it and just do it.”
He will also make the case that Brexit could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, with Scotland already agitating for a second independence referendum.
But pro-leave campaigners last night slammed Blair, saying he is trying to get back into politics by lying to the public.
Richard Tice, co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave, said: “There is some irony that Tony Blair will try to resurrect his political corpse tomorrow by trying to deceive the British people once again.
“The EU referendum was democratic, fair and free and the British people voted for Brexit. Tony Blair is now trying to do everything he can to halt Brexit.”
February 17th, 2017: Daily Star