NIGEL FARAGE has rubbished Tony Blair’s latest attempt to thwart Brexit, insisting the former Labour Prime Minister is one of the “most disliked” living politicians.
Mr Blair caused an outpouring of anger from Brexiteers after he claimed the European Union could be reformed allowing Britain to remain a member.
The staunch Remainer said he has held conversations with key players in Brussels, who may be willing to compromise on the free movement of people, but only if the UK remains in the bloc’s single market.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Blair said the situation in Europe is different to how it had been a year ago when Britain voted to leave the EU.
He added: “Europe itself is now looking at its own reform programme. They will have an inner circle in the EU that will be part of the eurozone and an outer circle.
“They will make reforms that I think will make it much more comfortable for Britain to fit itself in that outer circle.”
A furious Mr Farage later appeared on Sky News, criticising a “loathsome” Mr Blair’s anti-Brexit comments.
The former Ukip leader blast: “I think it’s a pretty loathsome performance, frankly.
“He is showing people why he is now one of the most disliked living figures in British politics – he wants to reverse the result of a democratic referendum.
“He’s making it clear that anything must be done to stop us leaving the EU, he suggests public opinion has shifted when actually there are more people in favour of Brexit now than there were at the time of the referendum.”
The Brexiteer then mocked Mr Blair, who oversaw the UK’s presidency of the European Council in 2005, for his previous attempts to reform the bloc, which ultimately ended in failure.
Mr Farage laughed when he suggested the former Prime Minister was the “worst placed person” to seek reforms in the EU.
“The real irony here, of all the people to argue that we can get a reformed deal with the European Union, Tony Blair is probably the worst placed person to do so,” he added.
“He was Prime Minister that was president of the EU for six months, back in 2005. He promised reform on the Common Agricultural Policy and he got none – and yet gave away £7billion of our rebate.
“So I don’t think he’s a trusted figure on this or, frankly, anything else.”