Mr Blair claimed the case for independence is 'much more credible'
The former Prime Minister said the break-up of the UK is now “back on the table” but insisted he does not want Scotland to quit the Union.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled she is ready to launch another bid for separation in “the next few weeks” if Theresa May does not back her plan for a bespoke deal to remain in the EU’s single market.
The SNP has repeatedly argued that since a majority in Scotland voted to Remain, this represents a material change in circumstances sufficient to make the case for a second independence vote.
I want Scotland to remain in the UK. Even if Brexit goes ahead, I’m still in favour of Scotland remaining in the UK
Mr Blair’s remarks came as he launched a “mission” to change the UK’s mind on cutting ties with Brussels.
In his speech to the pro-European campaign group Open Britain that those driving a withdrawal from the EU “always wanted a hard Brexit”.
He said: “In addition to all this, there is the possibility of the break-up of the UK, narrowly avoided by the result of the Scottish referendum, but now back on the table, but this time with a context much more credible for the independence case.”
Ms Sturgeon has signalled she is ready to launch another bid for separation in 'the next few weeks'
The former Labour leader later added: “I want Scotland to remain in the UK. Even if Brexit goes ahead, I’m still in favour of Scotland remaining in the UK.
“Let’s be very clear, Scotland’s single market with England is of far greater importance to it economically than Scotland’s interaction with the rest of Europe.
“When myself and John Major warned this would be a threat to the UK we meant it, and it was true, and you can see that by the referendum coming back on the agenda.”
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But Scottish Tory chief whip John Lamont said: “Tony Blair may not be aware of it but the fact is that only around a quarter of people in Scotland want another referendum on independence now.
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“The SNP has tried to use Brexit to muster support for separation. It has failed.”
Scottish Labour’s Westminster spokesman Ian Murray blamed “Tory Brexit chaos” for giving the SNP the excuse it was looking for to stoke up more grievance.
He added: “But the reality is that the economic case for separation is even worse now than when the people of Scotland rejected it in 2014.”
SNP Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins said: “Tony Blair’s comments simply reflect the reality that the independence debate now is fundamentally different to the one in 2014 – and the Tories’ threat of a hard Brexit at any cost to Scotland is only going to see support for an independent Scotland rise further still.”