I agree with all that is written above re the single market, and I never thought I would have a positive word to say about Blair, but there are a few things I feel I must take issue with here. Firstly, I did listen to his speech. I am never happy unless I hear both sides of an argument.
Everything Warwick has said above is correct. However, the gist of Blair's speech, (and I hasten to stress that he had no suggestion at this stage as to how to bring it about!), was that many Brexit voters chose to leave the EU on promises that are not necessarily going to be fulfilled. Many people voted for Brexit, not because it would make the UK richer, but because they were dissatisfied with their own lives. - Hence the immigration issue meaning less jobs for British people, no doctor's appointments because too many immigrants were 'filling up' the UK etc.They did not think about the £ devaluing, - even if it might benefit export trade for the UK"- They didn't realise that a devalued £ was going to mean their income would drop and imported goods would become more expensive.
This week we have seen inflation rise in the UK, the £ devalue, (I agree...it was too high before....but that doesn't change the fact that Brexit is making it drop now!), and the NHS is in crisis. Blairs speech was about people reviewing matters now that the outcome of a Brexit is beginning to become clearer. None of us know what that will be, but there are already some things we know cannot happen.
Blair rightly said that we all make decisions in life, which later on we might regret. It takes a strong person to admit they have made a mistake. However, contrary to a politician I saw on 'Question Time' a couple of weeks ago, stating she had yet to see anyone who would change their mind about voting for Brexit, there has been quite a few leave voters interviewed recently who have expressed regrets about how they voted. They all make the comments that Brexit for them was about 'taking back control'......more jobs, more money to spend on the NHS etc, and they thought this was going to happen sooner rather than later. Now all they hear about are trade deals whilst they see their income falling in real terms.
Blair has been criticised by pro Brexit MP's (Boris for one), for 'talking down' to people, and accusing them of not being very bright,- hence not knowing what they were voting for. Such talk is disgraceful. It is an attack on Blair because he has a good point. This is not about the intelligence of voters, it is about the fact people were misled in their beliefs as to how Brexit was going to change their lives over the next few years. - People were not interested in what was going to happen in twenty years time....especially the older generation, many of whom were big supporters of Brexit!
Blair made this point as a person who had no political party to defend, no job to lose, - but also no clear answer to the problem! Brexit MP's are already claiming Blair is doing this for his own benefit....to get back in to politics etc. Maybe this is true, but his 'message' is correct, and it is clear that many Brexit voters are now unsure that they have done the right thing. This matter should not be dismissed, just because we don't like the messenger!
There was an interesting 'correction' made Radio 4's PM Programme yesterday. They said that a while ago they had reported that when the UK leaves the EU, pensioners living abroad would continue to be able to have their pensions paid abroad as usual. The comment yesterday said that they had made a mistake is stating that, and that of course nothing was certain until matters had been negotiated between the EU and the UK. - So much uncertainty for everyone just now!
Sorry Mackie, your post above has been added whilst I have been writing mine....so I have repeated some of your comments. Like you, I now look forward and hope for the best.