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European Union leaders willing to compromise on freedom of movement, says Tony Blair

Round 1 Brexit talks start in Brussels with 20 months to

Speaking to the BBC's radio, Today, Blair said that some European Union leaders may be prepared to compromise on the free movement of people to help Britain stay in the single market.

German and French voters would favour similar controls, the polling suggested.

And Mr Barnier has said there were still major differences between the European Union and United Kingdom on the subject.

"The Corbyn enthusiasm, especially amongst the young, is real, but I would hesitate before saying that all those who voted Labour voted to make him prime minister, or that they supported the body of the program rather than its tone".

"On any basis, leaving is complex and will take years".

On that timetable, Barnier reckons, a broad political deal on the outlines of a new, open trading relationship could be in place by late next year, allowing for a transitional phase of up to a few years after Brexit to negotiate all the details.

Blair's intervention was dismissed by the senior Labour backbencher Frank Field - one of the few Labour MPs to back Leave in the referendum.

"In addition to that, I believe that they've set a tone for these negotiations, which is not constructive".

In a written statement on Friday said senior figures had told him that they were willing to consider changes to one of the key principles of membership of the single market, reports the BBC.

Arriving at a separate European Council meeting in Brussels, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom had made a "very fair, serious offer".

He told the Today programme: "Europe itself is now looking at its own reform programme".

"The European Parliament will reserve its right to reject any agreement that treats EU citizens less favourably than they are at present", the letter said.

The former Labour PM said Leave voters in the North were wrong to vote Brexit because it will make them poorer and claimed they lacked the right information during the referendum campaign previous year. Macron's victory "changes the political dynamics of Europe".

Mocking the former PM over his failed ambition to become EU President, Mr Duncan Smith added: "I'm so sorry now that he can't find himself the president of Europe job which is what he wanted but the people of Barnsley and Boston aren't the slightest bit bothered about what he's thinking about".

"Sadly Westminster "Remainers" are still in denial, whilst more and more business people see the advantages and opportunities of leaving the European Union".