Remainer and former Labour leader Tony Blair said Brexit would prevent Britain from protecting its interests. He said the European Union allowed Britain to remain in the conversation when it comes to the major world powers like USA and China. Interviewer Dan Snow began by asking how Mr Blair would respond to comments regarding him as a “traitor” for talking down the UK regarding Brexit.
He replied: “The plain fact of the matter is for a country like Britain today you need strong alliances to keep your influence strong and your interests protected.
“The world in the middle of this century is going to have three giants, it’s going to have America, China and probably India because these are large population countries.
“In this world, if the medium-sized countries aren’t banding together the giants are going to sit on us.
“That just the reality and anyone who’s ever dealt with power and sat in a room where there’s power understands that when you’re with a group of others and you are better operating as one, as a strong collective.
“It is then that your medium-sized countries bandying together in that European Union are going to sit at the table with the three giants on equal terms.
“If they’re sitting as individuals, they’re not sitting at the table.
“They’re sitting on a small table, it is literally as obvious as that.
“Britain has two strong alliances, it has got a great alliance with America and it’s part of the European Union, which is the biggest political union in the world and largest commercial market in the world.
“What on Earth would induce you to think that you’re going to gain by giving up that relationship.
“It’s an unbelievable act of self-denial.
“For me, it’s just a very simple thing, power is power.”