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Revealed: Blair’s euroscepticism

2 January 2018

12:33 PM

2 January 2018

12:33 PM

When he isn’t jetting around the world making huge sums of money, Tony Blair now dedicates himself to the cause of blocking Brexit. The former Prime Minister has warned that leaving the European Union will do ‘profound damage’ to Britain, and last month, Blair confirmed he is working to stop the UK leaving the EU. But Blair hasn’t always been so keen on the EU. Back in 1983 when he was first running as the Labour candidate in Sedgefield, a leaflet surfacing on Twitter reveals that Blair told voters:

‘We will negotiate withdrawal from the EEC which has drained our natural resources and destroyed our jobs.’

What’s more, this wasn’t the only time Blair has rallied against Brussels. A month before his landslide 1997 election victory, the Labour leader told the Sun:

‘On the day we remember the legend that St George slayed a dragon to protect England, some will argue that there is another dragon to be slayed: Europe.’

Blair has said that those who voted for Brexit are entitled to change their minds. Mr S thinks it is worth remembering how the former PM is willing to apply the same logic to his own thinking…

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