NEW UK POLITICS BLAIR Former UK PM Blair says Britain is a mess


Former prime minister Tony Blair said that Britain was “in a mess” and that neither his own Labour Party nor Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives deserved to win an election on December 12.

Britain is holding an election three years ahead of schedule because parliament was deadlocked over Brexit, unable to agree on how or even whether to leave the European Union.

Blair, Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007, said both major parties were peddling fantasies, adding that if the opinion polls were accurate, Johnson’s party looked likely to win a majority.

Blair also said that a UK-U.S. trade deal would be very difficult to agree, saying protectionist sentiment worldwide was making trade agreements harder to negotiate.