TONY BLAIR spoke of his sympathy for the prime minister over Brexit yesterday as he revealed he never talks to Jeremy Corbyn.
The former Labour PM said Theresa May was in a ‘hugely difficult position’ but insisted only a second referendum would resolve the impasse among MPs.
Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Blair said: ‘I do sympathise with her. Having done the job I know how difficult it is.
‘She’s a perfectly reasonable person surrounded by a lot of unreasonable people, but frankly the truth is that her [Brexit] deal yields far too much with far too little in return.’
A new referendum should be a choice between a hard Brexit and staying in the EU, he said. Asked by host Susanna Reid why Remain ‘should even be an option’, he replied that excluding it would leave ‘16-odd million people feeling a great sense of disillusion’.
Mr Blair confessed he had no influence with Mr Corbyn and the current Labour leadership. ‘I should imagine I’m the last person whose advice he wants or would listen to,’ he said. ‘I don’t hold that against him, he realises we don’t really agree about the present state of the Labour Party.’
Asked if there is anything the two men agree on, he said: ‘Let me get back to you on that.’ And he hinted that a new political party could be possible. ‘If you leave a large number of people politically homeless, at some point they will build a home.’
Another top Ukipper quits over ‘perverse direction’
UKIP’S former deputy chairwoman has quit the party in protest at leader Gerard Batten’s association with the far-right figure Tommy Robinson. Suzanne Evans, once a leadership candidate, said she had become ‘increasingly alarmed in recent months by the perverse direction’ the party was taking. Mr Batten has taken Mr Robinson, co-founder of the English Defence League, on as an adviser.
Javid: Immigration paper ‘unlikely’ before Brexit vote
SAJID JAVID has said it is ‘very unlikely’ MPs will see plans for Britain’s future immigration system before they vote on the Brexit deal next week. Explaining the delay, the home secretary said: ‘This is the biggest change in our immigration system in over four decades,’ adding it was important ‘we get the details right’. He said the white paper, originally expected a year ago, will be published ‘soon’.