Mr Neil said Mr Blair feared the result of a general election and therefore doesn’t want to have one. He added the former leader wants a second referendum because he “doesn’t like the result of the first”. Speaking on the BBC Two’s Andrew Neil show, Mr Blair said: “I’m a perfectly sensible one.”
Mr Blair continued: “The reason we’re in this mess is Brexit. It’s not a general question of politics, it’s Brexit.”
Mr Neil added: “The reason we haven’t moved forward is because Parliament can’t agree on a way forward so have an election.”
Mr Blair said: “If Brexit is your problem and Brexit’s the question so go back to the people on Brexit.
“The question should actually be put the other way around the Boris Johnsons of this world.
“Why are they worried about asking the people if they want a no deal Brexit.
“The answer to that is they’re afraid they will lose.”
His comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked the Opposition to take him on in a snap general election under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused the offer twice and said it was more important to block a no deal Brexit first.
“That’s not the basis on which we should decide Brexit.”
Mr Neil asked: “What’s a bigger risk to this country – no deal or a Corbyn Government?”
Mr Blair added: “I think the most immediate risk to this country is a no deal Brexit.
“But I’ve expressed on many occasions I have huge reservations about the Corbyn leadership.”
Published at Tue, 08 Oct 2019 23:01:00 +0000