Tony Blair believes that Emmanuel Macron will be the better option for French president
The former Prime Minster, who was mocked yesterday after pledging his political comeback to halt Brexit, also spoke out in support of Mr Macron.
Mr Blair said: “His election would represent a substantial victory of an approach open to the world.
“He would be the [better] option because he understands what Europe should be.”
Emmanuel Macron is pro-EU
He added: “The feelings that led to the Brexit are present in all the countries of Europe, including, to some extent in Germany, and certainly in France.
“So Europe must reform… But I'm sure Macron would be a force for change in Europe. Also for the United Kingdom, because Europe would be more stable, and with more stability in Europe, we will have better opportunities.”
In a thinly veiled dig towards Mr Macron’s presidential rival Marine Le Pen, Mr Blair added: “I still believe that Europe needs fundamental reforms… But it is a sad illusion of anti-European forces to imagine that Europe will disintegrate and disappear. This will not happen.”
He would be the [better] option because he understands what Europe should be
“Nowadays there is a dimension that I call ‘closed’ versus ‘open’. And these dimensions affect both the right and the left [wing politics], through isolationism and protectionism.
“Open-mindedness would be the position I would obviously prefer, but that means that on subjects like immigration or security, the left must have strong positions, otherwise the voters will think that you do not understand their anxieties about cultural change.”
Speaking about Brexit, Mr Blair said: “I think the EU needs to understand that even if the Conservative Government says that this debate is over in the UK, the reality is that it is not.
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Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen
“Because as long as people have not seen the details of the final agreement, they will not close their minds."
His comments come after Theresa May vowed that Britain will walk away from the EU with no deal rather than accept a bad Brexit agreement.
The latest Harris Interactive poll, which correctly predicted the result of the first round, revealed Mr Macron has slipped by a six points slip since May 23 to 61 per cent with Ms Le Pen on 33 per cent.