George McGregor, managing partner of UK at Interel Belgium SA, hammered his former boss for refusing to accept the democratic will of the British people.
Speaking at the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Mr McGregor said: “If there is a question I have been asked every single week since June 24, it is ‘is Brexit going to happen, can somehow we have another referendum and get out of the mess that we’ve found ourselves in?’.
“The answer is there is no turning back. My previous boss was Tony Blair, where I worked as a special adviser to his government about 15 years ago.
“Tony Blair has launched a campaign to have a second referendum on the basis of the deal that is going to be put forward to Parliament at the end of this process.”
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George McGregor took a swipe at Tony Blair’s attempt to halt Brexit
Continuing the swipe at the former Labour Party prime minister, the business chief said the campaign to topple Brexit would not succeed because there was no true opposition to halt the process.
He said: “My message to you today, as a former staff member to Tony Blair, is that his campaign is not going to succeed.
“Theresa May’s future as Prime Minister is entirely dependant upon her delivering an effective Brexit.
“Her Conservative Party are determined to deliver Brexit and her opposition, the Labour Party is so weak and divided at the moment, even if it wanted to derail Brexit it doesn’t have the ability to do so.”
The answer is there is no turning back
Mr Blair sparked outrage in February as he suggested Britain could abandon Brexit without a second national referendum on whether to quit the EU.
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The former prime minister was branded "patronising" and accused of trying to "undermine British democracy" after he this morning used a major speech in central London to launch a bid to create a “movement” campaigning to reverse the Brexit vote on June 23 last year.
Mr Blair described it as his “mission” to persuade the British people they had made the wrong decision at the European Union referendum and had “voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit”.
He told an audience at Bloomberg: “What was unfortunately only dim in our sight before the referendum is now in plain sight.
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“The road we're going down is not simply ‘hard Brexit’. It is Brexit at any cost.
“Our challenge is to expose relentlessly what this cost is, to show how the decision was based on imperfect knowledge which will now become informed knowledge.
“To calculate in ‘easy to understand’ ways how proceeding will cause real damage to our country; and to build support for finding a way out from the present rush over the cliff’s edge.
“I don't know if we can succeed. But I do know we will suffer a rancorous verdict from future generations if we do not try.”