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brexit: eu could be flexible over movement, blair says

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brexit: eu could be flexible over movement, blair says

image copyrightreuterseu leaders would be prepared to be flexible on freedom of movement of people to accommodate the uk after brexit, tony blair has said.the ex-pm said senior figures had told him they were willing to consider changes to one of the key principles of membership of the single market.eu leaders have previously said the uk cannot stay in the single market, while limiting the free movement of people.the government insists brexit will give the uk greater control of its borders.in a written article for his own institute, mr blair said: "the french and germans share some of the british worries, notably around immigration, and would compromise on freedom of movement."but last week the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital - the key principles of the single market - were "indivisible".prime minister theresa may has pledged to control eu migration and has reiterated her commitment to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.she has said that outside the single market, and without rules on freedom of movement, the uk will be able to make its own decisions on immigration.mr blair said leaving the single market was a "damaging position" shared by labour and he urged the party's leadership to champion a "radically distinct" position on europe."rational consideration of the options would sensibly include the option of negotiating for britain to stay within a europe itself prepared to refo...