Lisbon, Nov 5 (EFE) .- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair advocated today for a new referendum on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU) and considered that the result of that consultation would be different from that of ago three years because people are better informed.
“I think it is still possible to have a new referendum, which would be good because people are much more informed today. And if they are given the opportunity to reflect again, the result of a new referendum will be different,” said the Labor politician in the Web Summit, the technological congress held in Lisbon.
Blair, who defended that “Brexit” is a “terrible” idea, pointed out that the result of 2016 was “a cry of rage” against the political system and issues such as immigration.
The former prime minister did not dare to anticipate the result of the general elections called in the United Kingdom for December 12 and considered that they should be later, so as not to “mix” the British elections with “Brexit”.
In addition, he stressed that in a world with powers such as the United States, China and India, it is necessary for Europe to remain united to sit down to negotiate with them.
The departure of the United Kingdom from the European bloc was one of the topics of the day at the Web Summit, the technological congress held this week in Lisbon and in which the European Commission negotiator for Brexit, Michel, was also present this Tuesday. Barnier.
Barnier said that “Brexit” is not only the divorce between the EU and the United Kingdom “because” there are many other consequences “, including the development of a” new relationship that gives stability to the continent. “
The negotiations continue although he warned that “the risk of falling off a cliff still persists and we must all remain vigilant” in the face of the possibility of a “Brexit” without an agreement.
“If the EU does not act now, our technological future will be decided in Washington and Beijing,” he warned. EFE
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