Tony Blair says Brexit can be stopped if UK leaders realise the EU will ‘meet us halfway’ | The Independent

Here’s an insightful read from the Independent. Citing Tony Blair, it suggests that Brexit can still be stopped if Britain’s leaders realise EU officials are prepared to “meet us halfway” on restricting the free movement of people. While the former Labour Prime Minister admitted there is “no groundswell” for a second referendum on membership of the EU, Mr Blair said it is possible that the will of the British people could change as the public becomes more aware of the potential economic damage of hard Brexit.

Source: Tony Blair says Brexit can be stopped if UK leaders realise the EU will ‘meet us halfway’ | The Independent

Although he’s a bit out of favour because of the Iraqi war, I still rate Blair as head and shoulders over the current team leading the Labour Party. Blair was an inspirational leader and was very much the man for his time. Of course, he had a huge political mandate, which he squandered but we know that politics has a corrupting influence. In the early days, he closely relied on focus groups, then he lived in rarefied air, removed from the people – the rest is history.

But Blair in his day was a top-class statesman and he’s right about Brexit. The thing is, Corbyn is more concerned with installing a Far Left Labour government, possibly as early as the Autumn 2017, rather than helping the UK make a better strategic case on Brexit. Meanwhile, the Conservatives are in ‘demob’ summer holiday mood, and they don’t seem to care that they don’t have an effective leader.

Thoughts?

Why Has The US Resisted Trump But The UK Acquiesced To Brexit? – Simon Wren-Lewis from Mainly Macro

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Here’s a thoughtful blog from leading Oxford macro-economist, Simon Wren-Lewis. He explores the question, ‘Will the US recover from Trump quicker than the UK can from Brexit?’

Source: Why Has The US Resisted Trump But The UK Acquiesced To Brexit?

The conclusion is that America will get over its experience with Trump and populism but the prognosis for the UK is bleak, with years of financial hardship ahead.

The British people have been duped by right-wing populism. Now there’s a risk of being hoodwinked by left-wing populism. The media are failing to cite the prevailing evidence.

Surely, it’s time for big business to apply pressure on the UK government that hard Brexit will risk jobs?

Thoughts?