May 13, 2019
Tony Blair has warned of a “silent revolution” in politics if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.
The former prime minister told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday that under those circumstances, Labour and the Conservatives would be “swept away” at the ballot box by angry voters.
He said: “People talk about how you have to avoid those who feel strongly pro-Brexit, you have to avoid them rioting on the streets and this outburst of populism.
“Okay, I understand that. And that’s why you’ve got to handle this issue, I agree, very, very carefully.
“But let me just tell you this: if we go ahead and tumble out of the European Union with a no-deal Brexit of the sort that Farage and Boris Johnson and these people want, you are going to get a silent revolution in this country as well.
“There are people who are going to feel so strongly about this, that I just say this to both main political parties – they’re going to sweep them away.”
Mr Farage is a prominent supporter of Britain leaving without a deal, but Mr Blair said such a course would be ruinous.
He said supporters of such a scenario were “extreme” and would “cause enormous damage to the country”.
Mr Blair said: “Nigel Farage and the people associated with him are not the people to drain the swamp – they are the people who created the swamp.
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