The former Prime Minister said his “discussions” with European leaders have led him to believe that Brussels officials are willing to accommodate Britain’s wishes when it comes to immigration reform.
The much-derided politician – whose famously incorrect claims have included that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (a claim savaged in the subsequent Chilcot Report) was writing in an article for his political think tank,
Mr Blair said: “Reform is now on Europe’s agenda.
“The European leaders, certainly from my discussions, are willing to consider changes to accommodate Britain, including around freedom of movement”.
He added: “The French and Germans share some of the British worries, notably around immigration, and would compromise on freedom of movement.”
Mr Blair’s comments mark a stark contrast to the views held by EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who said the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital – the key principles of the single market – were “indivisible”.