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Former UK PM Tony Blair begins 'mission' to change minds on Brexit

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair outlined his "mission" to persuade people to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit, arguing that the vote to leave the European Union poses a threat to the future of the country.

Current Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to trigger Article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU next month, and has outlined her vision of a clean break from the bloc, including leaving the single market.

She has also warned politicians against disrupting the process.

However, in his first major political intervention since the vote last June, Blair issued a rallying cry to opponents of Brexit, saying there was little clarity over what the vote meant when the referendum took place, and that the government was set on "Brexit at any cost".

"The people voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind," he said to pro-European group Open Britain.

"Our mission is to persuade them to do so."

Blair served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007.

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