General election: Blair says Tories and Labour both 'peddling fantasies' in campaign– live news

A day after Boris Johnson launched Tory manifesto, Labour leader will announce big shift in housing plan 9.32am GMT Tony Blair is now taking questions from Alex Threlfall from Reuters.Blair said that he would be voting Labour at the election....

General election: Blair says Tories and Labour both 'peddling fantasies' in campaign– live news

A day after Boris Johnson launched Tory manifesto, Labour leader will announce big shift in housing plan

Tony Blair is now taking questions from Alex Threlfall from Reuters.

Blair said that he would be voting Labour at the election. He said the Lib Dem Chuka Umunna is a candidate in the constituency where he lives (Cities of London and Westminster). Blair said he understood why people might want to vote for Umunna, but he said his position as a former Labour leader meant that he was in a special position. He implied that he thought it was important for him to remain in the Labour party (he would be thrown out if he publicly backed a candidate for another party) because he wanted a say in what would happen to the party next.

Blair ended his speech by saying he expects the next parliament to agree to a second referendum at some point.

Once we acknowledge all the above, and vote accordingly, yes untying the knot will take longer. The new parliament will be obliged to let the country decide Brexit on its merits, in a referendum, whether in the light of what we now know, we want to proceed with exit from Europe and if so, on what basis.

And then we will have a fresh election to decide who governs.

This is a moment to set aside the fatigue; to understand we’re taking a decision not just about a government but about a future. So, we should think deeply.

Then, at some later point, and not too later, we must set about the urgent task of reconstructing the sensible mainstream of British politics. Otherwise, this laboratory experiment in populism running riot, will end very badly for our nation.

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