'Tony Blair has urged Labour to ensure a no-deal Brexit is ruled out completely – including if upcoming EU trade talks turn “ugly” – before agreeing to an election.
The former Labour prime minister called on party leader Jeremy Corbyn to ensure no-deal is entirely off the table as an option, and not only until January.
The Prime Minister is due to ask MPs on Monday to give him a general election on December 12.
He requires, under the Fixed-Terms Parliament Act, a two-thirds Commons majority, making Labour the linchpin in approving a pre-Christmas polling date.
But Mr Blair said, even if the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) ends up being signed off by Parliament, the future negotiations with Brussels over a post-Brexit trading arrangement were likely to end in a no-deal scenario.
Europe is now on notice from Britain and its ministers that Britain wants Brexit to compete around tax and regulation, to become an off-shore competitor with the European Union'
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