Tony Blair denies planning political comeback to influence Brexit negotiations

The former Labour prime minister, who, according to a source, thinks Theresa May is a ‘lightweight’, has labelled reports that he has set up an institute near Whitehall as ‘wholly untrue'

LAST UPDATED: 23 Nov, 2016 @ 21:56
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TONY BLAIR has denied claims that he is planning a political comeback to influence Brexit negotiations because he thinks the Tories are ‘screwing it up’ and that Jeremy Corbyn is a ‘nutter’.

The former Labour prime minister, who, according to a source, thinks Theresa May is a ‘lightweight’, has labelled reports that he has set up an institute near Whitehall as ‘wholly untrue.’

He has confirmed however that he is keeping his ‘options open’ over Brexit.

Eurosceptics are pleased at the thought of a Blair intervention, arguing that he will only embolden Brexiteers.

Former Conservative environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “This is glorious news. He is one of those discredited establishment figures who repels many people. For this, he must win the international prize for lack of self-awareness this year.”

Blair will make an announcement regarding his potential new role in politics in the New Year.



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26 COMMENTS

    • Stefanjo, I can quite understand your concern and your animosity towards Brexit. Read recently. Quote :- “Expats are at risk of becoming stateless people with no polling booth to go to, no body of law to point to for help. Post-passport souls adrift in a world where identity suddenly counts more than ever”, unquote. What’s that old saying you said. “Those with no vote are just blowing in the wind”. Never a truer word spoken.

  1. The Globalist criminals prize puppet – Tony Blair, getting pushed back into the ring to get their New World Order back on track.

  2. Forty-nine percent of voters wished to stay in the EU fifty-two percent wished to leave. Despite the war criminal being on the side of the forty-nine percenters his stupid presence won’t toxify their cause. The fight continues.

  3. Well the second stage (first being Brexit) of the crumpling EU block has started. Shulz has resigned and intends to enter into the German political field. Can’t understand why, fancy giving up a lucrative salary with lucrative expenses and a lucrative EU pension. The first Captain to abandon the sinking ship with many passengers soon to follow. Naturally he will finish up like Clinton, too much baggage.

    • Carlos, Martin Schultz was only on a 5 year term, and he was well in to that period. No big surprise there as an opportunity arose and he took it. I do not equate that with the death of the EU (yet). Anyway, it’ll be nice to get some new blood; Juncker must go next, and asap.

      • Fred, I don’t think you quite understood what I was saying about Schulz and his remaining time at the EU. He could see the writing was on the wall regarding his future place in the EU. Schulz is an ardent Federalist, equal in mind as Juncker and one way in remaining in that camp is to indulge in German politics and to forward and carry out his federal ideas if he gains a prominent position in their government. That is one of the reason Juncker said he will remain but would leave if a conservative minded person was to replace Schulz, which we know will not happen as you will see. People keep insisting that the government does not have a plan, but they do, and surely you know what the Brexit was and why people voted as such. As for the negotiations that occurs when article 50 is enacted which the EU does not quite understand, example:- MEP Manfred Weber, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “vented frustration” at the lack of clear information coming from the government. Another German politician attacked the UK for failing to offer any clarity over what it is trying to achieve in a Brexit negotiations”. Why should they, that’s what article 50 is for and the UK are still members until then. Btw. I did read a prominent Danish international lawyer state that “there was no need for the British government to activate A.50, they could just say we are leaving and set a date. A.50 was introduced as a two year period for negotiations but it is not a law binding agreement and if there was a hard Brexit, A.50 would not be required.

        • Fred an add-on
          “chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said there can be no negotiation about the terms of an UK exit without first triggering Article 50”.

          • Carlos, only Mr Schultz knows why he resigned, but every person who resigns needs to think about their next job. Btw I’m glad you mentioned that A50 is “not a law binding agreement”. Neither was the referendum, of course. Fact is that the UK government needs A50 because they cannot start proper negotiations without it. If they bypass it, then it could make a “smooth Brexit” much more difficult. If you enter a agreement (joining the EU) via an act of law, you should leave it in the same way.

            Finally, to say the government has a plan for Brexit is quite laughable. The governments own think-tank and advisors were at odds with Teresa May, and recent leaks show the three Brexiteers are all at loggerheads. Some plan that is lol.

  4. It will interesting to see what type of manifesto Martin Schulz will produce to fight Angela Merkel. She is gradually coming round to seeing the folly of the EU and more towards the thinking of the UK. Evan Barroso has stuck the knife in.
    Gradually Juncker is becoming more out of depth after controlling a small insignificant country like Luxembourg tp a large configuration called Europe and basically has no idea when confronted with the big boy’s that really call the shots such as America, Russia and to some extent the UK. Juncker is furious that Trump bypassed him in favor of others as though he should have been first on the list and no doubt Trump will fit him in when it suits Trump and not Juncker. Perhaps Junker should ask Farage if he could put in a good for, in-fact his name has not been mentioned at all as to when they may meet.
    As for Blair he should thank his lucky stars of being British regarding the war he took us into based on a pack of lies and if he was the leader of the opposing side would have found himself hanging from a tree. See the smug look on his face when answering Farage at the EU. I wonder if his thoughts are now the same. Naturally he was hoping to become a president but even they did not trust him. As for the so called head moaners saying their piece, disgusting, as they are already out to grass. Merkel had followed what Blair had done, open the doors to immigrants and we can see the great problems now facing the UK and Europe. It would also be better to have a hard Brexit and if the EU wishes to join a free trading agreement then so be it but the UK wouldn’t be tied to the EU. The UK should stop all payments going to the EU and if so what could the EU do, stop trading, no problem, no trading agreement was made, it was a hard Brexit. Take the UK to court, what court, by then no EU. It was a hard Brexit, we left the club, in-fact the UK should have a large credit waiting for all the Billions paid. Lets see what happens when Italy leaves, never mind France. As for Spain, they should be grateful that Brits would wish to continue to have holidays there or even wish to invest.
    I think Germany will also follow suit if Juncker is still around as for the financial burden would be too great.

  5. Carlos,
    your talking from strength not weakness. If there is one thing that overwhelmingly marks out the Remoaners it is their sheer disgusting cowardice. Everything frightens them, they want guarantees that simply don’t exist in the real world. If they were around in the `1930s’ they would have been revolting appeasers in the face of the Fascist untermenschen. In 1930 the French begged us, in their last show of strength, to join them and march into Germany and round up the Nazis, the British public schoolboys stuck their heads up their rear ends partly through cowardice and partly because they feared their time was up if a Communist revolution came, so many of that class actually suppoirted Hitler completely – this non action and the wilful support for Franco created WW11 and all the horrors that were to come.

    As that nasty little man Schauble has said ‘ if there is no hard Brexit then others wil follow’. Exactly correct and he is so stupid that he does’nt realise that by his own words he condemns the corrupt business organisation – the EU.

    • Stuart, another way of looking at Brexit is of course that the UK was too scared to remain in the European Union.

      Btw, I recall Carlos saying he was also a remainer, so you are saying that he speaks from strength and yet he is a disgusting coward at the same time. My grandfather (93) flew in the Battle of Britain (DFC) and voted to remain in the EU – is he a disgusting coward too Stuart? What you said is a contradiction in the extreme and your language has also become extreme. Remain and leave are both valid viewpoints, please understand that. Ad hominem abuse only undermines an argument more quickly.

  6. Fred we know why Schultz resigned, he stated he wished to enter into German politics and no doubt you may have been at board meetings where discussions on policies finally come to an agreement centered around the basis of the main proposal. You are also correct in saying, quote. “Fact is that the UK government needs A50 because they cannot start proper negotiations without it”. Could you therefore explain what “hard Brexist” means, and there is no law stating one cannot leave which is covered within the Lisbon Treaty. Hence we have A50 to cover this fact insofar as if negotiations are required based over a two year period once A50 is activated.

    • Carlos, the terms “hard Brexit”, “smooth Brexit” and “soft Brexit” do not yet exist. Ongoing negotiations and recipricol arrangements will define the Brexit deal that the UK eventually obtains, and only at that point will the UK know if it has got the type of Brexit it wants. These terms change almost every day as more information is released, for example we now know that the EEA is not part of the EU and that the UK now needs Article 127 to be revoked too (although the UK may benefit from keeping the EEA). A can of worms, and certainly no evident plan. When you have a government who won’t tell their own people what Brexit means, despite saying “Brexit means Brexit” what can you expect?

      Earlier you said “Can’t understand why, fancy giving up a lucrative salary with lucrative expenses and a lucrative EU pension. The first Captain to abandon the sinking ship…” and now you state that “we know why Schultz resigned, he stated he wished to enter into German politics”. Do you understand why Mr Shultz resigned, or not?

    • stefanjo remember it well and we have gone well past your aspirations and it’s a pity the remainders didn’t voice their opinion with such ferocity with articles being signed after the Common Market Treaty, if so…Blair…Influence on negotiations would not be the topic.
      As for Blair another lie. He is already becoming involved with politics and before he starts accusing others of “screwing things up” perhaps he could explain why he went against the advice given regarding immigration into Britain thus “screwing that up”. Btw, stef, I do have personal knowledge regarding that matter which I’m afraid you don’t.

      • Who is this mystery man, privy to State Secrets, which are impossible to share with the common people? Could it be Linda? The Nose? who knows?

        • stefanjo It’s not State Secrets, it’s just “privy” to certain matters. Another small “privy” for you to ponder on and BTW, this was told to me straight from the horses mouth and why it became as such. “Do you really know why fish and chips is associated with a Friday and it had nothing to do with tradition or edible oil’s”. You see, people tend to believe what they read and shall repeat, I did have personal knowledge regarding this matter which I’m afraid you don’t. BTW, would you really like to know?.

          • The only thing I’d really like from you “carlos” is a consistent username and much less babbling.
            “Fish and chips”? Ye gods. Has Tony Bliar bought a chippy?

  7. Fred, fear maybe a part of your daily life but not mine. Mass immigration is bad for ordinary people but good for big business, no Remoaner ever admits to that or are so stupid they don’t even realise it.

    When I went to work in the Netherlands,late 70s’/ early 80s’ they did’nt have enough builders and too many young Dutch preferred to live on generous State benefits. Dutch big business wanted more and more immigration, not for the benefit of Dutch society but for bigger profits. Of course they did’nt live in the ghettos where foreigners were forced to live and ordinary Rotterdammers found themselves overwhelmed with foreigners who shared none of their values – sound familiar to many Brits.

    • Stuart, to not have fear is to not be human, so I very much doubt you fear nothing, in fact I have no doubt at all. I have said before that immigration levels cannot be indefinite, and it is not racist or xenophobic to say so. Many organisations in the UK have said that they need immigration, from nursing to construction, and beyond. I really wonder if the people of the UK will take up all of the work that immigrants have done previously, especially the low paid and menial work? I doubt it. People have become lazy, that’s a large part of it, so nothing has really changed since the time you mentioned.

  8. I voted to Remain in the EU and I don’t have a problem with EU expats (people from EU member states are not migrants) living and working in the UK and I would be a hypocrite if I did have a problem with it.

    However, I do have a problem with uncontrolled immigration from incompatible, non-EU cultures that treat women like something lower than vermin and I find it baffling that (some) people think leaving the EU will help control non-EU immigration.

    • Spot on, indeed non-EU immigration is higher then EU-immigration. People have been migrating for thousands of years, there is no stopping it. Rules do not work, walls and borders do not work.

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