Tony Blair is making a ‘big speech’ today announcing he is going to campaign to “change people’s minds” on Brexit.

The speech, hosted by the campaign group Open Britain, will argue that Britons were misinformed when they voted for Brexit.

“The people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind,” he is expected to say. “Our mission is to persuade them to do so.”

Here at Political Scrapbook we welcome all those exposing the painful reality behind Brexit, but is Tony Blair really the right messenger for the job?

Public opinion of the ex-PM is still dire – a fact he doesn’t seem to have quite yet accepted.

Moreover, Blair is an easy target for critics who will say he was responsible laying the grounds for Brexit – by driving up concerns about immigration (opening the door to East Europeans in large numbers early on), and ignoring the decline in white working class areas.

Remain voters who think Brexit will be a disaster still need a leader and strong voices on their side.

But Tony Blair isn’t going to help this campaign

  1. I agree too, but it’s the complete failure of any kind of Labour leadership on this issue that allows Blair to gain credibility by stating what millions agree with.

  2. If only Tony had promoted Brexit prior to last year’s referendum, a remain result would have been guaranteed.
    The man is toxic as is anything, however reasonable, with which he aligns himself.

  3. Farage, Johnson, Gove, Rees-Mogg, Redwood, Banks, Murdoch, Dacre, Fox, BNP, Trump, Le Pen, Wilders, Britain First, Carswell, Patel etc etc etc. Not sure Blair’s ‘toxicity’ would have even been noticed among that lot ………

  4. I know who’s side I would be on. It’s a shame that there aren’t others (yes you Mr Corbyn and the sorry rest) who are prepared to stand up an resist the onward march of jingoistic nationalism and toxic (yes that word again) populism that is taking us all a mystery trip to god knows where.

  5. Don’t make judgement before you read Ian Dunt’s article (politics.co.uk). Politics can be a messy business and sometimes it is true to say the at the enemy of your enemy is your fiend, however much you may not like it.

  6. As an Islingtonian I remember this ex-war monger when he first came to Richmond Avenue in the early ’90,s surrounded by Police with automatic weapons and the only thing on his mind being Primeminister.
    He had no desire to get involved with local activities even though it was a Labour stronghold with Chris Smith as MP, indeed most of the locals thought his party was New Tory rather than Labour.
    Some of us have longer memories than others

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