Good Friday agreement in peril over Brexit, Tony Blair warns

Unsurprisingly the'star of the show is the capital city says Alexander

Unsurprisingly the'star of the show is the capital city says Alexander

Tony Blair has reiterated his warnings on the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, saying it could be "devastating" for the Northern Ireland peace process.

With just 47 days until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, Theresa May has yet to get a deal agreed in the Commons, while EU leaders insist they are not prepared to reopen the agreement.

The former prime minister said no deal will inevitably lead to a "really hard border" on the island of Ireland and cause a huge split within the UK. However, EU leaders have remained adamant that the withdrawal agreement, which was signed if December, could not be reopened.

Despite a series of setbacks for those campaigning for another Brexit referendum, Mr Blair said still hoped one might happen when people saw the "true alternatives" the country faces.

Labour will seek to force Mrs May into a decisive second Commons showdown on her Brexit deal by February 26.

"It would be economically very, very risky for Britain, and for the peace process in Ireland it would potentially be devastating, ' he told Sky News" Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

"You would have a hard border, very hard border". A no-deal Brexit means a really hard border between north and south in Ireland, it's contrary to the Good Friday...

While Donald Tusk's remark that there will be "a special place in hell" for those who promoted Brexit without any plan to deliver it safely has been the cause of great furore, Prime Minister Theresa May can take considerable heart from what the European Council president said before his controversial comment as she arrives in Brussels today to secure concessions from the EU. And the truth is there are two.

He said: 'The argument just goes on, and by then you'll have left, you'll have paid your money up front, you'll have given up your negotiating leverage.

"And for the country to do that, as Theresa May wants to do - to leave without knowing what Brexit you get - this would be, in my view, an incredibly foolish thing for the country to do".

"That gives that sense of timetable, clarity, and goal on what we're doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that parliament very firmly has", Brokenshire told the BBC.

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