Brexit bombshell: Tony Blair says no deal now VERY likely after talks with 'EU contacts'

Mr Blair who is spending the coronavirus lockdown at his home has described his current thoughts on the Brexit process. The former Labour leader has campaigned to have a second referendum on Brexit, but now he is less hopeful of the UK securing any deal with the EU. The former Prime Minister now admits Brexit is a reality and the result will most likely be a no deal.

Mr Blair said that no deal was “the most likely thing now”.

He added that he had knowledge of the trajectory of negotiations from insider sources in Brussels.

Speaking to The Sunday Times he said: “The information I have from the European side certainly is that they’re expecting this now.

“They assume it is actually what the government would prefer.”

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He described the Government’s reticence to perform mass testing because of the cost.

He described mass testing as “the single biggest decision the government’s got to take at the moment”.

He added: “We are not even debating it”.

The New Labour leader then hit out at Boris Johnson’s cabinet decisions.

He urged the Prime Minister to recall “competent senior” Tories.

He name-dropped two that have in the past had contrary views to Mr Johnson.

The two names were Philip Hammond and Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Blair added: “You can learn from people who’ve got experience, but also take people into your confidence as to the basis you’re making decisions, which gives you a certain degree of political protection, actually.”


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