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Blair and Major’s Brexit interventions: trashing democracy

The former PMs should use their experience to help make a success of Britain's exit from the EU

By Craig Mackinlay  

DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 9: Sir John Major and Tony Blair speak as they walk across the Peace Bridge on June 9, 2016 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Former Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Tony Blair travelled to Derry City in Northern Ireland warning that voting to leave the EU could "jeopardise the unity" of the UK. They suggested that it may cause Scotland to re-visit an independence referendum and put Northern Ireland's "future at risk". Both politicians were instrumental in bringing peace to the region. The Vote Leave campaign has said the idea that a Brexit could threaten the Northern Ireland Peace Process was irresponsible. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It would be asking too much from me to write with enthusiasm about former Prime Ministers now seeking to tell us how daft the majority of us are to have voted to leave the European Union. Their interventions over the past two weeks are unwelcome but not unexpected.

Let me first turn to John Major. On the plus side and to his enormous credit, he delivered a welcome Conservative win in 1992. Do look once more on YouTube…

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