Blair – ‘Stay in EU And We Will Get Our Freedom Of Movement Demands’
In his latest political intervention, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (pictured above) has said that he now believes that EU leaders would be willing to give in to UK demands on the ending of freedom of movement in return for Britain remaining inside the EU and the single market. Writing for his new political think tank Mr. Blair said ‘ ‘Reform is now on Europe’s agenda.
‘ The European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement .
‘The French and Germans share some of the British worries, notably around immigration, and would compromise on freedom of movement.’
Mr Blair’s comments mark a stark contrast to the views held by EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who said the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital – the key principles of the single market – were ‘indivisible’.
Theresa May has pledged to end free movement completely in Brexit negotiations, claiming the referendum vote showed the public wanted to reduce EU immigration.
But Mr Blair said leaving the single market was a “damaging position”, and urged the party’s leadership to champion a “radically distinct” position on Europe. Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com