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Blair warns British PM over EU break-up
Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned Tory leader David Cameron of a potential EU break-up.
Ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned Tory leader David Cameron of a potential EU break-up.
Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:48PM
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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned Conservative leader David Cameron about his policy of creating a two-speed Europe, saying that it would set the EU 'on a path to break up'.


Blair called on the British government to play a “constructive role” in shaping the new EU in a speech on Monday 29 October. The former Prime Minister was careful not to directly name Cameron and issued a warning of the dangers of creating a two- or three-speed Europe, as new governmental arrangements are being created in an attempt to stabilize the eurozone.

"I would give a stark warning: if eurozone structures end up with a Europe that is fundamentally divided politically as well as economically, rather than a Europe with one political settlement that accommodates different levels of integration within it, the EU as we know it will be on a path to break-up", said Blair.

Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have broken a 40 year-long British EU diplomacy by backing a two-speed Europe, where the 17 members of the eurozone would create new governance structures.

In a speech back in June, Cameron said, "The eurozone … either has to make up or it is looking at a potential break-up. Either Europe has a committed, stable, successful eurozone with an effective firewall ... or we are in uncharted territory."

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