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Tony Blair: Brexit could be reversed if European Union agrees to immigration deal

Tony Blair: Brexit could be reversed if European Union agrees to immigration deal

The People's March for Europe passed Downing Street, through Whitehall and onto Parliament Square for a series of speeches by commentators and politicians.

She said that whatever is negotiated "will be worse for Britain" and that Brexit will mean "fewer jobs and a less prosperous Britain".

The Bank of England is already examining what can be done to mitigate the impact of Brexit on cross-border insurance contracts.

The rally in the centre of London was attended by at least 50,000 people according to its organisers.

The former prime minister - a fervent Remainer who in July declared it "absolutely necessary" that Britain does not leave the European Union - said tighter restrictions on immigration from Europe would both fulfil the will of the people who voted in last year's referendum and allow the United Kingdom to remain in the bloc.

The process has made some yearn for what is sometimes called the first Brexit, Britain's abrupt departure from the European exchange rate mechanism (ERM) 25 years ago this Saturday.

Sir Ed told the crowd: "I've gone from anger to distress, from fury to despair".

PCS trade union boss Mark Serwotka threatened to lead his members onto the picket lines in strikes unless the government agreed to hike public sector pay by 5

"Embarrassment. Embarrassment at our country's leaders. Embarrassment for Great Britain", he said.

"There can be no change to Brexit unless we confront the underlying causes of it", Blair said, conceding that the referendum vote showed a widespread feeling that unchecked immigration was forcing wages down, straining public services, and - particularly when it involves conservative Muslims - raising questions of cultural integration.

After being interrupted by boos, he said he felt embarrassed "that these shambolic people are supposed to be representing us".

He said he wanted to personally thank Conservative and Labour Remainers who voted for him to be their MP, so he could continue to oppose Brexit.

"Not a gift from the Government but a right".

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, said the bill amounted to an "affront to Parliament", a claim which Brexit secretary David Davis said was "cynical and unprincipled".

The blue and yellow demonstrators observed a minute's silence in respect for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, breaking into applause as the 60 seconds ended.