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>> I want to be explicit.>> And he certainly was. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launching his anti-Brexit mission on Friday, calling on people to rise up against June's vote to leave the EU.>> The people voted without knowledge of the terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind.
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Our mission is to persuade them to do so.>> But there could be a slight hitch in his rallying cry, as Reuters Alastair Macdonald in Brussels explains. What we're hearing now talking around Brussels to the diplomats and officials who are watching this process is that it doesn't still feel to us like a very realistic chance, whatever Tony Blair and others who are campaigning to stop the clock are saying.
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But, as one person put it to me the other day who is in fact quite a close ally of Britain, this bus has left. People have got their heads around the fact that Brexit is happening, they've started to make their arrangements, they have started to reform, reshape the EU without Britain.
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It would be extremely messy, extremely disruptive, if that process was stopped and reversed. They don't really want to start talking about making U-turns.>> Current Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to start the process of leaving the European Union next month. She envisions a clean break from the block, including leaving the single market.
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And has also warned politicians against disrupting the process. Meanwhile, the EU's Juncker has repeated his views that it'll take longer than two years to agree on all the arrangements for Britain to leave. Adding that at least 20,000 laws would have to be changed in the UK before it could go it's own way.