'It's not done until it's done': Blair says Brexit IS reversible and claims the Government is trying to negotiate an 'impossible' deal as May prepares for showdown with Juncker on her 'final offer'
- Former PM claimed Theresa May is attempting to negotiate an impossible deal
- Blair also warned that Brexit?could even threaten the Good Friday Agreement
- Incendiary intervention will enrage Brexiteers who believe Blair is troublemaking
- The comments come on the eve of crucial Brexit talks in Brussels tomorrow ?
The former Prime Minister claimed that Theresa May?is attempting to negotiate an impossible deal that risked leaving Britain in the worst of all worlds.
Mr Blair's intervention comes on the eve of showdown talks between Mrs May and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on terms of Britain's divorce deal. ?
The former PM warned that because Brexit would leave Britain and Ireland on opposite sides of European membership for the first time ever it could even threaten the Good Friday Agreement.
The incendiary intervention will infuriate Brexiteers who believe Mr Blair is troublemaking as he tries to thwart the will of the people.
The former Prime Minister (pictured at rhe BBC on Friday) claimed that Theresa May is attempting to negotiate an impossible deal that risked leaving Britain in the worst of all worlds
Mr Blair's intervention comes on the eve of showdown talks between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on terms of Britain's divorce deal
Remain supporters will seize on the remarks and those of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier today, where he warned Brexiteers to rally behind Mrs May or risk 'no Brexit'.?
Failure to agree a draft divorce deal at tomorrow's talks - with proposals on around ￡50billion of exit payments, citizens rights and the Irish border - will slash hopes of a start to trade talks at a summit in less than two weeks.
Proposals have emerged on all three issues in recent weeks but finalising the status of the Irish border appears to be the biggest stumbling block. ?Dublin was explicitly handed a veto over the process on Friday by EU Council President Donald Tusk.?
Mr Blair made his latest intervention in an interview with the BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend programme.
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Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and former Court of Appeal judge Sir Richard Aikens both warned the Prime Minister to block any future role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
The warning to Mrs May came as senior Eurosceptics laid down seven new 'red lines'.
The clashes come on the eve of a crucial meeting in Brussels where the Prime Minister is due to present Britain's final offer on the terms of divorce.?
If EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker does not accept the offer on the divorce bill, citizens' rights and the Irish border trade talks could be delayed again.??
Brussels is determined to keep the ECJ open to the more than 3 million EU citizens but Britain says its courts should be sufficient.
A possible compromise suggested this week would have seen the UK Supreme Court being allowed to refer cases to the ECJ itself.?
But Mr Duncan Smith and Sir Richard claim this could lead to 'mission creep' that sees EU judges ruling on trade issues as if the referendum never happened.??
Asked about his attempts to stop Brexit, Mr Blair said: 'It's reversible. It's not done until it's done.'
Mr Blair warned of a renewed threat to peace under the terms of any deal. Resolving how to make the Irish border work is currently the biggest sticking point.
He said: The Good Friday agreement is not under threat in the sense that everyone says they want to keep it, but it is at risk because of Brexit because the Republic of Ireland and the UK have always in history been in the same relationship to the EU.
'We were out of it then we joined it at exactly the same time. For the first time we're going to be in a different relationship. The UK will be outside of Europe, the Republic of Ireland will be inside Europe.
'That necessarily means that that border between north and south will become the border between the UK and the European Union.
'The difficulties of this are self-evident.'?
The Prime Minister will sit down for lunch with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a working lunch aimed at hammering out a draft divorce deal.?
But appearing on ITV's Peston on Sunday, Mr Hunt said: 'The choice we face is not between this Brexit or that Brexit.
'If we don't back Theresa May we will have no Brexit, and she is doing an unbelievably challenging job amazingly well.'
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured today on Peston on Sunday) warned today Brexit could be stopped altogether if Theresa May is toppled by critics who fear she is making too many concessions
The Health Secretary's warning came on the same day as Tony Blair said Brexit was reversible and taunted Brexiteers that 'it's not done until it's done' ?
Mr Hunt's intervention came after former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and a former Court of Appeal judge hit out at leaked proposals that would see the Supreme Court asking the the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for advisory rulings.
The mechanism is an apparent attempt to reassure Brussels about the rights of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit.
Brexiteers fear it is a backdoor by which the ECJ could continue to rule in the UK after Britain leaves the European Union.
A separate warning to Mrs May today, raised by a series of ex-ministers and businessmen, also warns against backsliding on the ECJ amid seven new red lines.
Mr Hunt insisted the Government would not break its promise to ensure the jurisdiction of the ECJ ends after after Brexit.?
Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith (file) and former Court of Appeal judge Sir Richard Aikens (right) both warned the PM to block any future role for the European Court of Justice
Mr Blair's 'Institute' is developing policy ideas aimed at moderate liberal politicians and today published proposals for housing.
He admitted his efforts were an explicit attempt to smash the 'coalition' of people who voted for Brexit.
The three time election winner said there was a difference between people who voted for Brexit from a profound sense of a lack of sovereignty and those who were unhappy with specific issues.
He said the latter group could be persuaded to an alternative future.
Mr Blair said: 'When the facts change people are allowed to change their minds.'
Mr Blair said the negotiations were being pulled between the rival ideas of a Norway-style arrangement keeping Britain close to Europe and a Canada-style deal allowing more distance but offering less access.
He said: 'What the government is trying to negotiate is fundamentally un-negotiable. They are trying to negotiate getting out of the single market while recreating all of its benefits.
'That's not going to happen.'
He said the conflicting priorities of maximising access while getting legal distance would produce a 'series of compromises' with a risk of 'the worst of both worlds'.?
Tomorrow is a crucial day in the Brexit process as Theresa May takes a final offer to Brussels for talks with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left kissing Blair) over lunch
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