Writing in the New York Times Blair condemned Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party as an “extreme” example of left-wing populism, and said centrist politicians who feel “dispossessed within existing party structures should make common cause” and come together.
He added: “The politics of the progressive centre has not died, but it needs reinventing and reenergising.
In his latest attempt to thwart the will of the people and block Brexit, the former Prime Minister wants Britons to consider “staying in a reformed European Union”, just weeks before Theresa May is due to trigger Article 50 and start negotiating Britain’s EU exit.
The former PM has become an increasingly staunch Brexit opponent
He provoked outrage last month after using a major speech to launch a bid to create a “movement” campaigning to reverse the Brexit vote on June 23 last year.
Blair described it as his “mission” to persuade the British people they had made the wrong decision at the EU referendum and had “voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit”.
Now, he has written a New York Times piece calling for a fightback against “rightist populism”.
He added: “The emotional response to the rightist populism sweeping the West is one of protest and dismay.
“But if there is to be an effective fightback, there has to be a cool analysis of what is happening, why and what can be done.
“Today, a distinction that often matters more than traditional right and left is open vs. closed.
“The open-minded see globalisation as an opportunity but one with challenges that should be mitigated; the closed-minded view sees the outside world as a threat.
“This distinction crosses traditional party lines and thus has no organising base, no natural channel for representation in electoral politics.”