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Former PM Tony Blair says Britain is a dangerous mess

By Amanda Cooper

Ex Labour PM speaks out, saying both parties are “peddling fantasies” on Brexit

Former prime minister Tony Blair has said that Britain is in a dangerous mess and that neither his own Labour Party nor Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives deserve to win the December 12 election.

Britain is holding an election three years ahead of schedule because parliament was deadlocked over Brexit, unable to agree on how or even whether to leave the European Union.

“We’re a mess,” Blair announced at a Reuters Newsmaker event. “The buoyancy of the world economy has kept us going up to now, but should that falter, we will be in deep trouble.”

Blair, Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007, said both major parties were peddling fantasies, adding that if the opinion polls were accurate, Johnson’s party looked likely to win a majority.

“They’re peddling two sets of fantasies; and both, as majority governments, pose a risk it would be unwise for the country to take,” he said at the event.

“I have spoken to many people in Europe over the past few weeks. Not a single person believes that there is any prospect of Britain reaching agreement with Europe on this [Conservative Party] timeline, if its position is divergence on rule making.”

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