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Blair: Labour and Tory majorities are a risk to UK

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Tony Blair has said a Labour majority government, as well as a Tory majority government, “pose a risk” to the UK.

Delivering a speech on Brexit and the General Election in London, Mr Blair stressed that both the Conservatives’ pledge to end the UK’s transition period after Brexit at the end of 2020 with or without a deal and Labour’s spending plans posed a “risk”.

Speaking to a Reuters Newsmakers event, Mr Blair said: “Both as majority governments pose a risk. It’s just that the chances I think of Labour doing that are – if the polls are right – negligible.”

He continued: “I don’t think a majority government of either side is a good thing,” adding: “This is why I’m saying you have to unpick the knot and what people are thinking at the moment is if you pull the string hard enough you’ll untie the knot, but you won’t.

“We have got to decide Brexit on its merits and then you’ve got to decide who runs the country on its merits.”

On Labour’s manifesto, Mr Blair said while its aims were good, it would be “difficult” to achieve.

He added: “Some of the things that underline the policy commitments, to tackle poverty, to tackle inequality, I mean this should definitely be the agenda of any modern government.

“The problem is if you try unreconstructed, and at one time, to do all of those things listed in the manifesto it would be difficult.”

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