UK should hold second Brexit referendum, Tony Blair says

Tony Blair advocated a new referendum at a speech at the British Academy in London.

London (CNN)Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he believes the UK should hold a second Brexit referendum to break the political impasse on the issue.

Blair, who was Prime Minister between 1997 and 2007, said he believed there would soon be a majority in the UK Parliament for a new vote.
Blair's intervention came as Prime Minister Theresa May ended a punishing week -- in which she pulled a vote on her Brexit deal from the UK House of Commons and survived a confidence vote brought by her own party -- with a largely fruitless trip to Brussels and little sign that she would ever be able to win parliamentary backing for the deal.
Speaking at a People's Vote event in London, Blair argued that going back to the British people in a second referendum was the proper thing to do now that people better understood what was at stake -- and that this would bring the country the "closure" it craves, rather than disunity.
"What seemed a few months ago unlikely is now I would say above a 50% likelihood. We will go back to the people. Ultimately, this could even make sense to the PM, who could perfectly legitimately say, 'I did my best, my deal was rejected by Parliament, and you the people must give direction that Parliament cannot,'" he said in his address.