Tony Blair’s office has issued a denial about the former prime minister preparing to muscle his way back into British politics to shape Brexit talks. Mr Blair who lives in west London’s Connaught Square had announced he was winding up some of his lucrative consulting businesses – which has earned him millions of pounds since he left Downing Street in 2007 – based in plush offices in Grosvenor Square leading to intense speculation over his future.
The Blair Office twitter feed statement read: “Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon.”
Earlier a spokeswoman had denied the former PM was positioning himself to play a role in shaping Brexit talks describing the speculation published in the Sunday Times as “wholly wrong”. She also denied a report that the former Labour prime minister branded incumbent PM Theresa May as “a total lightweight” and Jeremy Corbyn a “a nutter”.
Lots of speculation around about new organisation but further and more accurate information will come soon!
— Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) November 21, 2016
Mr Blair, who won an unprecedented three general elections as Labour leader from 1997 to 2007, campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union in the run-up to June’s referendum. He has described the decision to leave the EU as a “catastrophe” and the Remainers as the new “insurgents”.
In September, Mr Blair announced he was winding up his lobbying and consultancy business, Tony Blair Associates, and associated companies Windrush and Firerush, and wanted to devote most of his time to not-for-profit work. He had long faced conflict-of-interest allegations over the companies and accepting work from dictatorial regimes.