Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has indicated that there is a 50-50 chance for a second referendum on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, saying incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May is highly unlikely to succeed to go through the Parliament with a Brexit deal she could bring from Brussels.
“I think the odds are now 50 percent that you will get another (referendum) vote,” said Blair on Thursday, adding, “Whatever Brexit is on offer today is going to result in significant economic harm.”
Blair’s opposition Labour Party has said it will almost reject any deal on Brexit negotiated by May. Senior figures in May’s own Conservative Party have also cast doubt over the feasibility of her Brexit strategy, saying they will try to prevent Britain from becoming a colony of the EU after Brexit.
The uncertainty over a divorce deal has caused many opponents of Brexit to call for a second referendum to reverse a original vote in June 2016 which saw 52 percent of Britons vote for their country to leave the EU. Some have said the people should have a final say whatsoever on the final agreement with the EU. Both conservatives and the Labour have ruled out the idea of a second referendum on leaving or staying in the EU, saying it will be undemocratic.
Blair said there was time for Britain to decide to stop the process of leaving the EU, saying May will go nowhere in her efforts to please both the EU and domestic critics.
“There is no majority in parliament for any proposition that the prime minister brings back,” he said, adding, “I still believe it is possible that Brexit is stopped,”
Britain hopes it could reach a deal on Brexit in November. The country officially leaves the bloc at end of March.