Tony Blair has been an advocate for remaining in the EU, even now, after Britain has left the bloc, his determination to re-enter hasn’t weakened.
Tony Blair speaking @ChathamHouse: "Britain has core strengths...We should take these strengths and we should build on them. The aim should be to put us at the forefront of technology innovation and make Britain the best place in the world to do business."#CHEvents pic.twitter.com/MPl2OI2jVl— Tony Blair Institute (@InstituteGC) January 15, 2021
In a Chatham House speech, Tony Blair said: “I campaigned so long and so passionately against Brexit because I believed out to be a strategic error not just of policy but of destiny.
“I haven’t changed my mind about its wisdom.“But reality is reality.“We have done it. We must live with it. “We should make the best of it.
“And as I have said recently if a return to Europe is ever to be undertaken by a new generation, Britain should do it as a successful nation Europe is anxious to embrace, not just as a supplicant with no other options.”
He added: “The right response, therefore, is to treat Brexit as a jolt, to act as a catalyst for change which is necessary even without Brexit and could have been done without doing Brexit, but which, by the challenge it poses, Brexit somehow enables.”
“Brexit will only exacerbate the challenge the forces of change at work in the world present us unless we make a supreme effort to understand these forces, harness them and make them our servant.
“This is the moment of truth for the pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit camps alike.
“The answers weren’t found in outdated ideology but in unifying values, clarity of thinking, competence and delivery.
“This is the political space we must inhabit.
“The alternative is inexorable decline.”
This is not the first time the former premier has called for the UK to rejoin the Brussels bloc.
Earlier this month, Mr Blair wrote: “And – not that it is remotely on the agenda now – if there ever is to be a rekindling of a European future for Britain, under the leadership of a new younger generation, it can come only through a Britain that is strong, not one on its knees, a Britain Europe wants to imitate not isolate.”