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Former British MP Blair to Merkel: Please Do 'Everything Possible' to Reverse Brexit

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives at the presidential palace for a meeting with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on Germany’s Angela Merkel to do “everything possible” to reverse Brexit and keep Britain part of the European Union. “It would be a mistake of historic proportions if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union,” Blair told Business Insider Deutschland.

“Even Europe — especially Germany — has a  lot to lose,” he went on to say. “It is in all our interests to maintain barrier-free trade across the continent and to hold liberal democracies together in times when authoritarian structures are resurgent.” And so, he argued, “Germany should do everything possible to keep the UK in the EU.”

Of course, Blair’s “advice” to Merkel isn’t exactly surprising in the sense that the former PM was passionately pro-Remain in the lead-up to the Brexit referendum. However, what is shocking is that as a Social Democrat, Blair clearly has absolutely no respect for the will of the people. Blair is supposed to be a different kind of socialist; not a socialist as such, but someone who mixes socialism with democratic values. He’s supposed to be one of the main representatives of the so-called “third way.” Except when voters dare disagree with him. When they have the audacity to do so, he immediately switches gears and becomes as authoritarian as the old-school socialists we’ve all learned to hate and distrust.

That’s bad, but what makes this all even worse is that he then calls on a leader of a foreign nation to help him and his fellow Remainers to undermine the will of his own people! “Shameful” is too mild a description for such a betrayal of British voters.

But hey, what does Blair care? As a true Europhile, he’s convinced he knows what’s best for British voters. And as a real socialist, he’s perfectly happy to implement his views, regardless of whether those voters want it or not.