Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses a news conference in London on July 6, 2016, following the outcome of the Iraq Inquiry report. / AFP / POOL / Stefan Rousseau
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Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be "very, very tough" as European leaders were in an unforgiving mood.Blair, who was prime minister from 1997 to 2007, called Brexit as "catastrophe", and revealed that he had recently held talks with French President Francois Hollande that had highlighted the challenges Britain faces in upcoming negotiations to set the terms of the break-up."The people we will be conducting this negotiation with will be the political leaders of the European Union, and their parliaments, so this is going to be a negotiation, in my view, of enormous complexity".He said that Britain would either have to accept obligations in return for access to the single market of face "severe" economic consequences.
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