The Battle for Britain
British voters decided by a slim majority last June to leave the EU. But they were never consulted on the terms of withdrawal, and with Theresa May's government proposing policies for post-Brexit Britain that most voters would never support, the time has come to reopen the debate.
On February 17, Tony Blair delivered a speech aimed at reopening the Brexit debate in Britain. In view of the potential significance of his intervention, we reproduce the text of his speech here.
LONDON – The British people voted to leave the European Union, and the will of the people should prevail. But the people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind.
What was unfortunately only dim in our sight before the Brexit referendum is now in plain sight. The road Britain is going down is not simply “Hard Brexit.” It is “Brexit at Any Cost.”