The former Prime Minister was grilled over the latest Opinium Research poll, which claimed that Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has a 34 percent share of the vote – more than the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Change UK combined. Sky veteran Sophy Ridge blasted: “You can see here the Brexit Party is absolutely topping the poll here. They’ve got more support than the Lib Dems, the Green Party and Change UK combined.
“Do you look at this and think, actually, you’ve got it wrong?
“Most people don’t want a second referendum?”
The former Labour leader appeared visibly uncomfortable, before nervously admitting that Nigel Farage’s share could even increase: “If you look at the 34 percent, that is…. and you know it could get higher than that.
“But I don’t believe a majority of people think that Nigel Farage speaks for the country. I really don’t think that.”
But Ms Ridge snapped back: “The question is do the majority of people want a second referendum?
“And if you look at these polls, you have to say that they don’t.”
Mr Blair has claimed Labour supporters who have been put off by the party’s ambiguity on Brexit should consider voting for an “unequivocal” Remain party at the European elections.
Delays to the Withdrawal Agreement mean that the country will go to the polls on May 23 to elect 73 MEPs for the United Kingdom to sit in Brussels.
And while Mr Blair said he would be voting Labour “despite everything”, he suggested supporters put off by the “equivocation” of Labour to vote for other parties.
He wrote in the Observer: “There are unequivocal remain parties – Liberal Democrats, Change UK, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru.
“If, because of Labour’s equivocation, you simply won’t vote Labour, then vote for them. If, like me, despite everything, you can vote Labour, then vote Labour.”
The former Labour leader also said the result of the poll will be seen through the prism of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
“This is not a vote to choose a prime minister or a government. It is a vote for the Farage Brexit – or against it,” he wrote.
Elsewhere in his column, Mr Blair speaks of “destructive indecision” in the party.
Published at Sun, 12 May 2019 04:01:00 +0000