Tony Blair: Brexit could lead to Scottish independence

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said that a vote to leave the EU could push Scotland towards independence.

Mr Blair, Speaking at the NBAD Global Financial Markets Forum 2016 in Abu Dhabi, said Britain would be hit by a fresh wave of uncertainty should voters back the Brexit.

He said: “I’m voting to stay, obviously. We can all see what’s happened with the pound and the markets. We face a period of prolonged uncertainty, and I think Britain needs Europe and Europe needs Britain.

“But I also think we would be hit by a fresh wave of uncertainty if Britain voted to leave, since it completely alters the argument in Scotland about Scotland leaving Britain.

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“I think we will vote to say in the end [because of] the common sense of the British people.

“But this is politics today, and you have to be careful of making certain predictions in what is a highly uncertain world.”

Mr Blair said that social media had changed politics – making it easier for fringe figures such as Donald Trump to “take over political parties”.

He added: “Sometimes I look at politics today and wonder if I still understand it.”

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