London, Oct. 18 (ANI): Tony Blair's former chief adviser on the European Union has joined the club of those who want to overturn the ex-prime minister's bid of becoming the President of Europe.
Sir Stephen Wall, who is one of the key architects of the post of EU president, said a high-profile figure such as Blair was "not necessarily a very good idea" and cast doubt on his ability to build consensus among EU leaders.
"[That] is not necessarily a very good idea. The powers are very constrained. If the president of the United States did phone a President Tony Blair to ask for something, then Blair could only respond that he would 'consult 27 governments and see what we can do," he said.
He added that a figure from a smaller state, however, would send a "unifying signal."
Wall's statements have come amid growing signs that a President Blair would not be welcomed by ordinary citizens of Europe, despite their leaders showing support.
A new research by The Independent has revealed a democratic discrepancy between voters and national leaders - who wield the votes for the new president.
The findings are supported by a European-wide petition to stop Blair from taking the post, with nearly 38,000 people have signed the petition.
The EU president, a role created by the Lisbon Treaty, will be decided before the end of this year, with only Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president, yet to ratify the charter. (ANI)