Michael Heaver, Nigel Farage’s former communications aide, slammed Ian Dunt, branding him “delusional” for believing Leave campaigners would have tried to hold a second referendum if Remain had been victorious in the June 23 vote.
The pair were appearing on Sky News to discuss Mr Blair’s Bloomberg speech, where the former prime minister attempted to rally fellow Remainers to fight against Brexit, telling them to “rise up in defence of what he believe in”.
He suggested voters had been lied to before they voted on the UK’s divorce from the European Union.
Heaver told viewers Mr Blair had “all the charm of a North Korean dictator’s information campaign”, accusing him of being part of a “new lunatic fringe in British politics” having spoken out against the will of the majority of Brexit-backing Britons.
Michael Heaver ridiculed his Remainer debate partner over his defence of Tony Blair
The man on the street doesn’t give a stuff what Tony Blair thinks, anything he says discredits you
“They represent very few people and a decreasing number of people think Brexit should be blocked,” he added.
“Retainers and Leavers are together now looking forward to how we can make a success of Brexit.”
Dunt, author of ‘Brexit: What The Hell Happens Now?’, claimed while the public are happy for Brexit to take place, most are “wary” of leaving the bloc without a deal.
He then attacked Mr Farage, who during campaign said if it was a narrow victory for Remain he would demand a second referendum, which he claimed “didn’t tally” with the criticism of Mr Blair after his speech on Friday.
Dunt’s comments induced a fit of rage from Heaver, who launched a passionate tirade back at his opposition for this heated debate.
“A complete red herring, Nigel Farage on multiple times has corrected this. He was talking about turmoil within the Tory party,” he blasted.
“You need to start accepting Ian, I’m afraid, you said in your piece today Tony Blair is now the most important man in British politics.
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“I mean you are delusional! The man on the street doesn’t give a stuff what Tony Blair thinks, anything he says discredits your argument further.
“This guy is yesterday’s man, look to the future.”
The author responded by suggesting Mr Blair had made himself the “unofficial of the opposition” by setting his stall out on the Brexit debate.
“As people start to recognise it and feel it in their pockets, and before we are actually out of the EU, those hold a very strong line on this matter may find themselves with more credibility and more standing in political discussion than they do right now,” Dunt concluded.