TONY BLAIR was left speechless after he faced questions about his two main political goals heading toward a devastating failure.
The former Prime Minister stuttered through his answer when Sky News’ Sophy Ridge grilled him on his ambitions for the European Union and Labour Party reforms, which are now both dead in the water.
In their wide-ranging interview, Mr Blair covered his latest plans to thwart Brexit, his views on Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left policy and his career as a politician.
But the arch Remoaner was left stumped when the journalist quizzed him on his failed ambition to have the “UK at the forefront of the EU project”.
Ridge said it had “been unpicked”, adding: “Have you failed?”
Mr Blair could only produce a nervous laugh in response as he formulated his answer.
“I don’t know whether so much I’ve failed,” he said. “Has opinion moved against those two positions?
“I’m not sure about that, one of the things I think is important right now is to be aware enough to say, ‘Look, politics has taken a turn in these last two or three years, and I didn’t really anticipate.’
“For me, I’m back almost like a student of politics – I’m studying and thinking about it, and trying to work it out.
“But I think, if Britain carries through Brexit, if we really do this, we’re going to diminish ourselves.”
Mr Blair also used his interview to claim he has held talks with key players in Brussels about how they could thwart Brexit.
He told Ridge he believes it “absolutely necessary” that Brexit doesn’t happen because of the damage the divorce is doing the UK “politically” and “economically”
The former Prime Minister said: “I think it’s possible now that Brexit doesn’t happen.
“I think it’s absolutely necessary that it doesn’t happen because every day is bringing us fresh evidence that it’s doing us damage economically, certainly doing us damage politically.”
He even insisted that Brexiteers in Britain were changing their mind, with some even changing their mind about the split.
Mr Blair added: “I think public opinion is moving on it. Look, this time last year we were the fastest growing economy in the G7, we’re now the slowest, our savings ratio is at the lowest for 50 years, the investment community internationally has gone really negative on us, our currency is down 10-12 per cent.
“Investment in the motorcar industry, for example, is down 30 per cent. Living standards are stagnating.