Remain campaigner Alistair Campbell tells Hampstead Open Britain group that Brexit isn’t inevitable
PUBLISHED: 14:59 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 06 November 2017
Hampstead remain campaigner Alistair Campbell said that Brexit could be reversed due to the extent the world’s changed since the referendum, at an Open Britain event in Hampstead on Thursday.
The former press chief to Tony Blair, who lives in Savernake Road, told an audience of 150 people at Fleet Primary School that Brexit not going ahead was still a possibility, but public opinion needed to shift in order to stay in the European Union.
He referenced his recent article in the New European, also published by Ham&High owners Archant, where he is editor-at-large, and said the case needs to be put forward that the world has changed since the referendum.
“We should be saying that there is so much that has happened since the referendum, different from what we were told was going to happen.
“People don’t like being told that you have fallen for a pack of lies. The lies Leave told. Remember the trade deals that were going to be signed on day one?” he said.
Mr Campbell described himself as “heartbroken” over Brexit, believing it was “the worst thing to happen to our country in our lifetime.”
He also decried the Labour Party’s position over Brexit, saying: “Why is Labour supporting this thing that is being lead by the hard right Tories?”
However he said that by segmenting the voting population, there were people who voted to leave in the referendum who were beginning to waver, and could be won around to thinking that the best course of action was to stay in the EU.
In the 2016 referendum, nearly 75 per cent of voters in Camden voted to remain.
He told the Ham&High afterwards of the need for debate due millions of people now thinking its the wrong thing. “More and more people are getting more worried that this is not going smoothly and the uncertainty is massive.
“There is a real sense of decay and incompetence with the Government, and that’s why these people tonight are genuinely worried and want to do anything to stop it.”
The event had also heard a speaker talking about the status of Northern Ireland after Brexit, and the group arranged campaigns for later this year.