Tony Blair ridiculed after calling for second Brexit vote and General Election to be held on the SAME day

The Sun Politics 1 month ago

TONY Blair was ridiculed last night after calling for a General Election and a second Brexit referendum to be held on the SAME day.

The former PM said a second referendum must include THREE questions – Remain, No Deal and Boris Johnson’s deal.

Tony Blair was ridiculed last night after calling for a General Election and a second Brexit referendum to be held on the SAME day


He claimed a three-question referendum was “the sensible thing to do”.

Mr Blair said settling Brexit with a General Election would muddy issue.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour last night: “You can deal with them both on the same day if you want. But you should deal with them separately.”

But Brexiteers said Mr Blair’s idea to hold a second referendum on the same day as an election was born out of his desperation to overturn Brexit.

You can deal with them both on the same day if you want. But you should deal with them separately.

Tony Blair

Tory Brexiteer Mark Francois said: “The latest offering from that great seeker after truth himself Tony Blair to combine a second referendum and a general election on the same day is patently ludicrous.

“But the one thing we can be sure of is that if Blair has recommended it, Gordon Brown will disagree.”

In his interview Mr Blair also warned Jeremy Corbyn not to agree to a general election until Boris Johnson has ruled out a No Deal Brexit even after the transition period ends in December 2020.

Mr Blair said negotiations over a future UK-EU trade deal are unlikely to be successful by December 2020 and therefore the most likely outcome would be Britain and the EU having to trade on basic World Trade Organisation rules, which would impose tariffs and checks on goods moving between the UK and the continent.

The former PM said: “The sensible thing for him [Jeremy Corbyn] to say to Boris Johnson is, ‘Yes, I’ll agree to your general election, but you’ve got to agree to timetable proper scrutiny of your Bill and allow us to amend that so that we rule out no deal as the outcome of the future negotiation’. Because otherwise Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t prevented no deal.”

“He [Jeremy Corbyn] can make that happen. He can say the moment that’s done properly, he’s up for a general election. But it’s got to encompass the future negotiations and not simply the exit deal.”

Tory Brexiteer said Mr Blair’s idea to hold both votes on the same day was ‘ludicrous’

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