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