Six weeks before the U.K. is scheduled to leave the European Union, TUM Speakers Series will host Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, at TU Munich for a talk about the looming Brexit, its consequences and ways to deal with the pressing issue.
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007 – the only Labour leader in the party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections. And he made his rule worthwhile. During his time in office, the UK economy enjoyed record growth. His government made major improvements in Britain’s public services, particularly healthcare and education, through a programme of investment and reform. Britain’s first ever statutory minimum wage was introduced. Prime Minister Blair led the successful London 2012 Olympics bid; and oversaw the peace process for Northern Ireland. He introduced the first elected Mayor for London, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly. He was a staunch advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, in particular in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He trebled the UK’s aid programme for Africa and introduced the first environmental programme in the UK to combat climate change.
Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time working on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism. He has established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to work on some of the most difficult challenges in the world today, including how the centre ground of politics renews itself with practical policy solutions.
More recently, Tony Blair caught attention when he called for a second referendum on the United Kingdom’s looming exit of the European Union in December. Against the anti-second referendum voices, which still are the vast majority in London’s political elite, he does not think of it an undemocratic act, but more of the only way to break the political impasse on issue. As Theresa Mays proposals have repeatedly been rejected the parliament and the EU does not show clemency on critical issues such as the backstop, the only way to prevent the feared hard Brexit seems to be a second vote on Britains intention to leave.
This, and related issues, will be the topic of the TUM Speakers Series event on February the 15th, held at TU Munich. If you want to be considered for a ticket to the event, register here.