Asked on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show whether he would back a second referendum, Blair said: “As I’m looking at it here, I can’t see how we could do that. But the point is: why rule anything out?”…

When the electorate voted on Thursday to take Britain out of the European Union, they had “Taken the decision to swap homes, if you like, without seeing what the other [home] looks like,” he said. “Now we’re going to be in this new relationship with Europe we’ve got to work out what really is in our interest.”

“I can’t see how you’d go through all the mechanics of another referendum now.”