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'Yesterday's man' Tony Blair berated over Brexit call

By Lizzy Buchan

Leading Brexiteers have accused former Prime Minister Tony Blair of trying to “undermine British democracy” after he urged voters to think again about leaving the European Union.

Mr Blair said the people had the right to change their minds as they voted “without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit” during a speech at the London headquarters of Bloomberg.

His comments were met with anger and derision from prominent Leave campaigners, who compared him to a washed-up boxer getting knocked out in the first round.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Mr Blair of insulting British voters.

He urged people to “rise up and turn off the TV” the next time that Mr Blair makes an appeal to the public as he insisted that the UK has a “phenomenal future” outside the EU.

Nigel Farage said Mr Blair was “yesterday’s man” during a speech to delegates at the Ukip spring conference in Bolton.

“It is amusing to see that Tony Blair... is standing up today and saying that the British need to rethink Brexit, he seems to think we are going to change our minds,” he said.

However Mr Blair’s proposals received some support from the Liberal Democrats, including leader Tim Farron who said “Tony Blair is right”, and that the “challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind”.

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