Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks at a Reuters Newsmaker event on “The challenging state of British politics” in London, Britain, November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Britain was in a mess, warning that neither his own Labour Party nor the Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, deserved to win a Dec. 12 election.
“We’re a mess,” Blair said at a Reuters Newsmaker event. “The buoyancy of the world economy has kept us going up to now, but should that falter, we will be in deep trouble.”
Blair, Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007, has repeatedly called for Brexit to be reversed and used his speech to argue for a second referendum on the decision to leave, saying it would need to be followed by another general election.
Britain is holding an election three years ahead of schedule be