Search

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

Alistair Campbell addresses the audience at the Open Britain event in Hampstead

Alistair Campbell addresses the audience at the Open Britain event in Hampstead

Archant

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.

Alistair Campbell addresses the audience at the Open Britain event Alistair Campbell addresses the audience at the Open Britain event

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.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

25 minutes ago

A recording studio owner is celebrating after winning a fight to stop homes being built on a disused garden.

29 minutes ago

Our Lady of Muswell Hill Primary School is on the up after receiving an upgrade in its Ofsted rating.

09:28

Police have shut down a cannabis factory in a daylight raid on an industrial estate.

Yesterday, 12:31

Two men from Camden appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of 25-year-old model Harry Uzoka.

Yesterday, 09:43

Two men from Camden have been charged with the murder of model Harry Uzoka.

Mon, 13:07

An end is finally in sight after two years of closures on the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line, which has reopened today for what commuters hope is the last time.

Mon, 09:58

Construction giant Carillion has said it has “no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect” after talks failed to find another way to deal with the company’s debts.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Protesters packed Islington town hall last night to fight the Whittington Hospital’s contract with Ryhurst, owned by Grenfell Tower-linked Rydon.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now