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Tony Blair calls for people to 'rise up' against Brexit

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Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after Brexit if the Government fails to secure access to Europol's databases, the agency's director has warned.

Blair will also say "the term "Hard Brexit" requires amendment".

"Our challenge is to expose relentlessly the actual cost, to show how this decision was based on imperfect knowledge which will now become informed knowledge, to calculate in "easy to understand" ways how proceeding will cause real damage to the country and its citizens, and to build support for finding a way out from the present rush over the cliff's edge", the former Labour leader said.

The former Labour PM will argue that people voted without knowing the terms of leaving and therefore have a right to change their minds.

The former Prime Minister will tell the British people to "rise up" against the referendum vote and stop the process of leaving the Union, according to remarks released to the BBC. "Our mission is to persuade them to do so".

He will criticise Theresa May by saying she is leading a "mono-purpose" Government "for Brexit, of Brexit and dominated by Brexit".

Many Remaining-supporting MPs, who are in a large majority in the Commons, backed the Bill on the grounds that it would be undemocratic to block last year's referendum result. "The policy is now "Brexit at any cost".

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PATony Blair has called for an uprising against Brexit

Last week May won a series of votes on the legislation to allow her to begin departure talks, which she aims to trigger by the end of March.

He will say: "I don't know if we can succeed".

"The extent to which they might do that in this case, I don't know, maybe they will try". If you believe you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere.

"It is a big issue and we need to get the details right of what those arrangements could be".

Appearing on Sky News, Mr McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton South East, was told by presenter Isabel Webster: "I can nearly hear people up and down the country groaning thinking "for goodness sake, the decision has been made, let's move on, nobody wants another referendum on all of this".

Mr Blair will argue that the Brexit debate is being driven by anxiety over immigration - and particularly by concern over numbers of new arrivals from non-EU countries.

"Nonetheless, we have moved in a few months from a debate about what sort of Brexit, involving a balanced consideration of all the different possibilities, to the primacy of one consideration - namely, controlling immigration from the European Union - without any real discussion as to why Brexit doesn't affect the immigration people most care about".

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