Blair says European Union would level with United Kingdom on mass migration

David Davis is to meet EU Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

Warning that the Tories would not make the same mistakes in future campaigns, Blair said the Labour Party would need to fill the "progressive centre" with "a radical policy agenda". "The European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement", added Blair, saying the 27 remaining EU members will stick together in defending the rules of the Single Market.

Blair praised the current leader of the Labour Party, left-winger Jeremy Corbyn, for mobilising young voters in last month's general election in which May lost her majority in parliament.

Blair said political changes on the continent, including the election of Emmanuel Macron in France, have made an alternative to a hard Brexit more likely.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who in March triggered the two-year timetable for leaving the European Union, has insisted that the process can not be reversed.

In comments which have angered some British politicians, Mr Blair suggested that the tide of public opinion was turning against the idea of Brexit and that it was "absolutely necessary" for the United Kingdom stay inside the EU.

"Inevitably, therefore, Europe will comprise an inner and outer circle".

The former Prime Minister claims he has held talks with leaders about how the United Kingdom could stay "within a reformed Europe".

Theresa May saw her Commons majority wiped out in last month's general election
Theresa May

"Yet this option is excluded".

Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in order to bolster her mandate to negotiate the country's exit from the bloc, or "Brexit" as it is popularly called.

German and French voters would favour similar controls, the polling suggested. We're now knowing a lot more about what it really means. "He tapped into something real and powerful, as Bernie Sanders has in the United States of America and left groups have done all over Europe".

He warned it "puts us in the same damaging position for the economy as the Tories" - making it impossible for Mr Corbyn to end austerity, as he has pledged.

"On any basis, leaving is complex and will take years". Brexit, he said, is the biggest political decision since the Second World War.

"Given what is at stake, and what, daily, we are discovering about the costs of Brexit, how can it be right deliberately to take off the table the option of compromise between Britain and Europe so that Britain stays within a reformed Europe?"

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