Brexit talks to start in Brussels

Tony Blair former Prime Minister says Brexit may never happen Theresa May

GETTY SHOCK Mr Blair said he wanted Jeremy Corbyn to do more to halt Brexit

I have to say "no, I think it's possible you end up with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister".

However, he also warned the United Kingdom would be "flat on our back" if Mr Corbyn became prime minister. "The European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement".

"Reform is now on Europe's agenda", he said.

TONY BLAIR now believes Jeremy Corbyn has what it takes to win a general election - but would leave the country in "real trouble".

He suggested that the "will of the people" may be changing as the difficulties of Brexit negotiations become apparent and called for a "proper debate" over the different options, including remaining in a reformed EU.

And Jeremy Corbyn said: "It seems quite extraordinary that we're having varying accounts coming out of every Cabinet meeting about who said what to who and at what point in the meeting they said it, and everybody saying nothing actually happened".

Whether the United Kingdom leaves or remains in the Single Market has been hotly debated.

Blair's comments and the findings of his foundation's poll comes just days after he weighed in on the difficulties faced by Theresa May as she moved closer to a so-called "soft Brexit" position, a move that has potentially undermined her leadership as pro-Brexit factions within the Conservative Party possibly moved to remove her.

Mr Blair argued: "If a right wing populist punch in the form of Brexit was followed by a left wing populist punch in the form of unreconstructed hard left economics, Britain would hit the canvas, flat on our back and be out for a long count".

EU negotiators want to be able to impose huge fines on Britain for breaking European laws for years after Brexit, it has emerged. Europe has some new leaders, including France's centrist President Emmanuel Macron. "The Labour party should be cautious in thinking "one more heave" will deliver victory next time", Blair said.

"We are all learning, as we proceed, the damage Brexit will do", Blair said.

"I'm not going to disclose conversations I've had within Europe, but I'm not saying this literally on the basis of a whim", he added.

On that timetable, Barnier reckons, a broad political deal on the outlines of a new, open trading relationship could be in place by late next year, allowing for a transitional phase of up to a few years after Brexit to negotiate all the details.

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