Blair Says Britain Will Vote to Stay in EU, Tells Pro-Europeans to Show Passion

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday he felt voters would opt to stay in the European Union in a June 23 referendum but called on the “in” campaign to show more passion.

Blair, who served as Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007, said he was concerned about the result of the referendum and cautioned Britain would face years of uncertainty if it left the world’s biggest trading bloc.

“You can’t have a referendum like this, especially with the fervour on the anti side, and not be concerned, so I am concerned, but I believe in the end we will vote to stay,” Blair told BBC radio.

Prime Minister David Cameron is leading the push to stay within the bloc, but polls show Britain is divided about membership with a large number of undecided voters.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.