Voters deserve a second referendum because the “350m per week for the NHS” pledge has been exposed as untrue, according to Tony Blair.
The former prime minister told BBC 4’s The World This Weekend on Sunday he is actively seeking to reverse Brexit to prevent “profound damage” to the country.
“A lot of people will have voted for Brexit on the basis that if you get out of Europe, all this money is going to come back and we can spend it on the health service.
And that was a very specific promise made by the Brexiteers,” he said.
Tony Blair is talking so much sense on Brexit on @BBC The World This Weekend. More than ever, I so wish he hadn’t dragged us into the Iraq war. He’d be a fantastic advocate for #Remain and #StopBrexit if he didn’t have that awful legacy hanging over him.
— Laura C (@smilinglaura) December 3, 2017
“It is now very clear I think: one, that there is no extra money for the health service through Brexit and, secondly, we’re actually going to be paying less money to the health service, not more money, because growth is down and because we’ve also got this huge bill for the European Union.
The news that Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell have taken the field and the command of the campaign to reverse Brexit sounds the death knell for the EU cause in Britain. Good riddance to them all. #Brexit #TonyBlair #Yugoslavia #Afghanistan #Iraq #Libya #Syria #Yemen #Gaza
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) December 3, 2017
“So, when the facts change, I think people are entitled to change their mind.”
The intervention from Blair comes a month after the Office of National Statistics published a report claiming more Britons felt “less nervous” about Brexit since last June’s historic result.
Data collected in the New Year by polling company Ipsos Mori showed that 40 percent of people believed leaving the EU would make no difference to their lives, up from 24 percent in October 2016.
A spokesperson for the ONS told The Daily Telegraph: “It possibly implies that as time goes on, people are becoming more relaxed about the implications of Brexit.”