Brexit backlash: Why arch-Remainer Philip Hammond blamed Tony Blair for EU exit

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Brexit backlash: Why arch-Remainer Philip Hammond blamed Tony Blair for EU exit 1

Talking on the 2017 World Financial discussion board in Davos, Switzerland, the then Chancellor took intention at Mr Blair, claiming the previous Labour Get together chief’s failure to regulate the quantity of jap European staff fuelled anti-immigration sentiment within the UK. Mr Hammond mentioned: “There clearly was a robust strand of feeling in opposition to uncontrolled migration. And I lay the duty for that squarely on the door of Prime Minister Blair who did not impose transitional regime within the UK in 2004.

“So while other countries in Europe smoothly transitioned the A8 members [Accession 8] and the freedom of movement from A8 members Britain took the full force of the tide in 2004, and that created a public perception which we still haven’t shaken off to this day.”

Mr Hammond additionally highlighted that whereas Britain had voted to depart, the choice was not a rejection of immigration completely, however a eager for management over borders.

He added: “It is extremely vital to the British those who we management our borders, however most of them don’t need to use that management to close the borders, they merely need to have management.”

The previous MP for Runnymede and Weybridge additionally mentioned that, with Britain aiming to depart the EU and its Single Market, this may not essentially lead to no migration, because the UK would nonetheless search for “skilled-workers”.

He added: “What we’ve mentioned clearly is that we can not settle for the precept of free motion. We will’t settle for that any extra.

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