Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the U.K. might need a second vote to decide if they really want to leave the European Union. Blair, who was opposed to Brexit, said that Britain could find a way to reverse the decision if the country decided they did not like the implications of leaving the EU.
Blair explained there are still options available for the British people, according to CNN Money. Some of those options include a vote in parliament, a general election, or another referendum. However, he did clarify that the British people would need to make the decision.
“If it becomes clear that this is either a deal that doesn’t make it worth our while leaving, or alternatively a deal that’s going to be so serious in its implications, people may decide they don’t want to go,” Blair told BBC News.
“We just don’t know what we’re going to be offered as an alternative and once we know we’ll be in a position to make a decision,” he continued.
However, not everyone agrees that Brexit is a catastrophe. British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke out in opposition to Blair’s statements, and said the will of the people should be respected.
According to The Telegraph, May insisted there would be no second vote, election, or referendum. “The PM has been absolutely clear – the British people have spoken, we are listening, we’re going to leave the European Union,” her office said in a statement. Further in the statement, she again reiterated that Britain would no longer be a part of the EU.
May’s office wanted to clarify that Blair’s statements have no effect on the country, and that Blair spoke for himself and without any authority when he said there could be a second vote. The former prime minister noted that since 48 percent – almost half of all voters wanted to stay in the EU, another election can and should be held.
However, May insisted the country’s focus has shifted to how the country will maintain its independence following Brexit. Most recently, the U.K. made a deal with carmaker Nissan in an effort to convince them to stay in the country. Great Britain promised the car giant no tariffs or extra bureaucratic burdens on the car industry.
Experts say that the deal with Nissan could result with heavy burdens on taxpayers. In fact, it could cost taxpayers “colossal amounts of money” according to The Guardian. The deal is just one of many being negotiated as a result of Brexit. State leaders have said that they are still working to figure out how they will work together with markets in Europe.
While there is still no word on what deal Great Britain hopes to make with the EU, May has confirmed that they will start negotiations by March 2017. If all goes well, the U.K. could leave the EU by 2019, officially squashing all of Tony Blair’s hopes for a second vote.