Arch Remainer Tony Blair reveals he would have backed Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal

TONY Blair today said he would have backed Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal in Parliament.

The staunch Remainer admitted he would have followed his party leader's directive and voted for the deal.

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The former PM has been vocal in opposing Brexit but accepted in 2019 that the battle for a second referendum was over.

Today when asked if he would have voted for the deal in the Commons, he said: "I would have backed (Sir Keir Starmer) on this.

"I mean look, it's a tactical question for the Labour Party because the problem is that it's open to your opponents to say that if you don't back the deal, then you're voting for no-deal."

Mr Blair continued: "There was a case for abstaining and there was a case for voting for it because the alternative's no-deal.

"What I'm really saying is as a decision that the Labour leader's got to take, I don't think it particularly matters to the Labour Party either way.

"I think what does matter is that we're still in a position where we're pointing out what the problems with this deal are."

He initially backed a second referendum, telling MPs they should punt the final decision to voters so they can't be held to account for what happens.

But Brexit backers insisted a rerun of the 2016 vote would only divide Britain even more.

'I WOULD HAVE BACKED IT'

Speaking to the Institute for Government think-tank in 2019, Mr Blair insisted a second EU referendum was the only way to decide Brexit.

The ex-PM said: "The truth is there are different varieties of Brexit and you have to choose one.

"And when you choose one it then becomes apparent what your problem is. Because your problem is there is a downside to whatever option you choose.

"So when members of Parliament are forced to come to a choice then I think at that point they will say, ‘OK, this what I think but I’m not going to take the full responsibility so I’m going to share responsibility with the people’, and that allows a referendum to be a healing process."

The PM gave the nation an early Christmas present on Christmas Eve as he secured a historic agreement, which finally saw the UK take back control from the EU and ends four years of bitter wrangling.

Speaking in a video on Twitter, the PM said: "Tonight, on Christmas Eve, I have a small present for anyone who may be looking for something to read in that sleepy post-Christmas lunch moment.

"And here it is, tidings, glad tidings of great joy because this is a deal.

"A deal to give certainty to business, travellers, and all investors in our country from January 1."

The Government also revealed there would be a four-year break clause in the deal – meaning there would be the ability for either side to break free in 2025 if they didn't think it was working.

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