Bill Clinton set to enter EU debate… if Tony Blair can fix it

Written by David Singleton on 3 May 2016 in Diary
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Former US president could become latest US heavyweight to back Remain - after Barack Obama and Warren Buffett.

Tony Blair is set to make a dramatic intervention in the campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union – alongside Bill Clinton.

The former prime minister is keeping his own appearances to a minimum as some Remain campaigners are concerned about a voter backlash. But he is expected to share the stage with the former US president in the coming weeks.

Blair last month called for more “muscularity” from the political centre ground in making the case for Britain’s membership of the EU, while admitting he was too divisive a figure to help the in campaign.

He could yet make solo interventions in the debate as polling day approaches, but the ex-Labour premier is now said to have a new focus in the campaign.

According to The Times, he has been given the pressing job of arranging and securing Bill Clinton’s appearance. However, the itinerary cannot be agreed until the former president's wife, Hillary, has secured the Democratic nomination for the presidential election in November.

If Blair succeeds in arranging the visit, Clinton is expected to follow in the footsteps of Barack Obama by stating unequivocally that Britain would be wrong to leave the EU.

It also comes as another US heavyweight has also warned against Brexit. The billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett told CNBC: "Certainly if I were to vote on it, I would vote, I would stay in."

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