Tony Blair wants to ‘get his hands dirty and return to POLITICS in Brexit battle’ – Express.co.uk
The former Labour leader said: “This Brexit thing has given me a direct motivation to get more involved in the politics. You need to get your hands dirty and I will… I am going to be taking an active part in trying to shape the policy debate.
“We don’t know yet what the final deal on Brexit will be. We are advocating a very simple British common sense position, which is to say, let’s see what the Tories come up with first.
“This is not about defying the will of the people. It is saying the will of the people may change when they see the final deal.
“My prediction is it may take another generation but at some point we will want to be back in the EU – there is a direct link between the number of people and the size of an economy.”
The former Prime Minister was nonchalant about his predicted £60million wealth and claimed he has given away most of it.
He added: “I have the capacity to earn money. I have made money which has given me a nice house in London and a nice house in the country and I am very lucky and the equity in those two properties is the bulk of my wealth.
The 63-year-old has had talks with the Liberal Democrats about setting up a new force to fight for the centre ground and was coy when asked whether he would establish a new political party.
It has previously been revealed that he spoke to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and his predecessor Nick Clegg about the prospect of creating a pro-European group that would appeal both to Lib Dems and disaffected Labour voters.
Speaking to the Mirror, Mr Blair added: “I don’t want to be in the situation where we pass through this moment of history and I hadn’t said anything because that would mean I didn’t care about this country. I do.
“The single market put us in the Champions League of trading agreements. A free trade agreement is like League One. We are relegating ourselves.”
He ruled out a return as an MP as he does not want to stop his “seven days a week” charity, which requires constant travelling, but remained vague on exactly what how he will be getting involved.
He continued: “It is not frontline politics in the sense I am not standing for Parliament. I am not sure I can turn something into a political movement but I think there is a body of ideas out there people would support.
“We live in a world defined by change. Cultural stresses, people are worried about immigration, communities, economic stresses… people are worried if they will have a job.
“I am going to be taking an active part in trying to shape the policy debate and that means getting out and reconnecting.”