Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern argue for a second referendum

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern call for a second referendum and say that the Brexit is the biggest threat to the Good Friday deal in our lives & # 39;

  • Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern today made a joint call for a new Brexit referendum
  • Together they have the Good Friday agreement as PM and Taoiseach brain
  • Ex-leaders said that discussions with both parties are crucial for a permanent settlement
  • They called on Theresa May to organize a referendum before October 31

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern today jointly called for a new Brexit referendum, warning that the EU was the biggest threat to the Good Friday agreement.

Former UK and Ireland leaders said the peace plan was based on discussions between both parties confirmed by public votes – proving the need for a new referendum on the Brexit.

Although they emphasized that there was no comparison between the reconciliation that was crucial to ending the Troubles, they said that both leave and remaining voters should be brought into the Brexit process.

They said the new delay until the Brexit until October 31 meant that there was now time for a referendum – and called on Mrs. May to lead it before leaving Downing Street.

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern (shown together in 2006 while PM and Taoiseach) made a joint call for a new Brexit referendum today with the warning to leave the EU was the biggest threat to the Good Friday agreement

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern (shown together in 2006 while PM and Taoiseach) made a joint call for a new Brexit referendum today with the warning to leave the EU was the biggest threat to the Good Friday agreement

Mr Blair and Mr Ahern said that the question of how to manage the border has become the core of the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Blair and Mr Ahern said that the question of how to manage the border has become the core of the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Blair and Mr Ahern said that the question of how to manage the border has become the core of the Brexit negotiations.

Messrs Blair and Ahern both took office in 1997 and shared side by side for a decade as Prime Minister and Taoiseach.

Written in the Guardian today, they said: & # 39; After the Good Friday agreement, there were two referendums.

& # 39; The referendum in Northern Ireland on the agreement, based on facts that are not promises, clarity and no ambiguity, received a yes result of 71 percent. The related referendum in the Republic of Ireland achieved 94 percent yes.

& # 39; There is now time for a confirmatory referendum, as the EU has extended the Brexit deadline until 31 October.

& # 39; It is this that must be pursued, and May must take the lead in that process. & # 39;

The ex-leaders urged Ms. May to learn from the mistakes of the last three years and use the new Brexit delay instead to promote & # 39; calm in the midst of the chaos & # 39 ;.

They said Mrs. May should resist attempts to expel her over the next six months and asked for a poorly defined & # 39; correct Brexit & # 39 ;.

Messrs Blair and Ahern said: “Of course no one should compare the tragedy of the Troubles with the Brexit, but as the rhetoric becomes stronger, the language becomes more divided and inflammatory, the division in the Tory and Labor parties more clearly, the need for rest is even more important.

& # 39; Have conversations with public affairs. Speak to those who voted, the 48%, in addition to those who voted on leave, and try to understand both.

They said the new Brexit delay until October 31 meant that there was now time for a referendum - and called on Mrs. May (who was on holiday in Wales yesterday) to lead it before leaving Downing Street

They said the new Brexit delay until October 31 meant that there was now time for a referendum - and called on Mrs. May (who was on holiday in Wales yesterday) to lead it before leaving Downing Street

They said the new Brexit delay until October 31 meant that there was now time for a referendum – and called on Mrs. May (who was on holiday in Wales yesterday) to lead it before leaving Downing Street

& # 39; Speak to those who do not constantly tweet or rage endlessly on radio dialing, as well as those who do.

& # 39; Understand that the public is undergoing the same process of churn and reflection as the politicians, and give them permission to be honest about it.

& # 39; Being away from the media chaos to do this matters. Bringing together the right personalities from different parties. Teams of rivals must be built. & # 39;

She added: & # 39; It's time for Brexit to do the same; to raise the discussion above individual interests to the collective, to expand the definition of ourselves and to reduce its definition. & # 39;

Mr Blair and Mr Ahern said that the question of how to manage the border has become the core of the Brexit negotiations.

They said: & # 39; The question is how much friction is compatible with the Good Friday agreement, and that in turn determines every Brexit agreement going through parliament. & # 39;

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