Blair: Europe is facing a moment of existential crisis

28th November, 2012 8:23 am

Tony Blair is making a relatively rare UK speech this morning, outlining his vision for the future of the UK-EU relationship.

The key points the former PM will be seeking to make are:

· This is moment of existential crisis for Europe as serious and pivotal as the moment of formation
· The UK cannot afford to ‘fall-away’ from being able to shape that future – as we may end up spending the next 20 years trying to get back in.
· There is a profound power shift from West to East and it is only through the ‘heft’ of the EU that we the UK will maximise that.

Blair is expected to say:

“The truth is the rationale for Europe today is stronger not weaker than it was back 60 years ago when the project began. But it is different. Then the rationale was peace. Today it is power. Then it was about a continent ravaged by war in which Germany had been the aggressor and Britain the victor. Today it is about a world in which global geo-politics is undergoing its biggest change for centuries. Power is shifting West to East. China has emerged finally, with its economy opening up which will grow eventually to be the world’s largest. Its population is three times that of the whole of the EU. India has over a billion people. Brazil is two times the size of the largest European country, Indonesia three times and there are a host of countries including Russia, Turkey, Mexico, Vietnam, the Philippines and Egypt larger today than any single EU nation”.

  • sdrpalmer

    Good to see Tony is back to solve our problems now that he has sorted out the Middle East.

    Oh, hang on…

  • http://twitter.com/PeterKenyon Peter Kenyon

    Dear Mark

    Shouldn’t the headline read: Blair facing existential crisis gazes at EU

  • David B

    And how much UK tax did he pay on his world wide income?

  • LordElpus

    “The UK cannot afford to ‘fall-away’ from being able to shape that future
    – as we may end up spending the next 20 years trying to get back in.”

    Curious statement from the guy who refused to allow a (promised) vote on EU membership knowing full well that the result wouldn’t be the one that he wanted.

Latest

  • Comment Featured “Consistency, credibility and conviction” – Douglas Alexander’s State of the Race memo

    “Consistency, credibility and conviction” – Douglas Alexander’s State of the Race memo

    Here’s Douglas Alexander’s latest state of the race memo  – which LabourList readers can read exclusively before anyone else. We’ll be posting these each week to give you a unique insight through the final weeks of the campaign. Dear Friend, What does a winning campaign look like? Regardless of the party, I think a winning campaign can usually be summed up in three words, consistency, credibility and conviction. Consistency Labour’s message at this election is that when working people succeed, […]

    Read more →
  • News Boris Johnson follows Pickles in comparing Labour’s rent plans to bombing

    Boris Johnson follows Pickles in comparing Labour’s rent plans to bombing

    Yesterday Tory Cabinet Minister Eric Pickles compared Labour’s plans to make the private rented sector more affordable to the “bombing” of cities. Evidently this unpleasant and ugly attack was part of a co-ordinated strategy – because Boris Johnson has repeated the same message. Here’s the headline of his Telegraph column: So the man responsible for Britain’s Housing (Pickles) and the Mayor of the city with an epic housing crisis (Johnson) both think that Labour’s plan to help millions of renters […]

    Read more →
  • Comment The only abdication Theresa May cares about is David Cameron’s

    The only abdication Theresa May cares about is David Cameron’s

    By now most of you have probably seen the incredibly shrill Mail on Sunday front page. If you haven’t – here it is: As is often the case, the size of the typeface used in the headline is inversely proportional to how serious the piece is. I’m particularly taken by the ludicrous analogy that Theresa May has chosen – as were all of the people that got #worstcrisissincetheabdication trending on Twitter today. I’m no fan of the Nationalists (indeed, I’ve […]

    Read more →
  • Comment William Hague’s ‘Zinedine Zidane moment’

    William Hague’s ‘Zinedine Zidane moment’

    William Hague’s plot to oust the Speaker last month was not just grubby, it was a final act of a desperate Tory campaign. With the polls at a deadlock in the countdown to the General Election, now we can see the failed Tory coup was about electoral arithmetic rather than a petty squabble. And these desperate tactics could cost them dear. During the death throes of the last Parliament, when most MPs had packed their bags and left for the […]

    Read more →
  • News Ed Miliband speech to Labour’s International Development rally

    Ed Miliband speech to Labour’s International Development rally

    Speaking at an International Development rally in London this afternoon, Ed Miliband said: Thank you. I’d like to thank Ross Kemp for hosting us today. And I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of today’s gathering. Let me thank all of the speakers who are with us today, Mary Creagh, Valerie Amos, Emily Berrington, and Adjoa Andou. Let me start today by saying that all of our thoughts are with the people of Nepal. We have seen truly […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit