Former British prime minister Tony Blair is working hard to secure the position of the first permanent president of the European Union. The current British prime minister Gordon Brown is not the most vocal supporter of his former boss, but he is ready to see the appointment of Blair because he believes it would be in his nation’s interests to have someone from England in such an important role. He has put past antagonism away and is urging other European leaders to back Blair. French President Sarkozy who many thought would make a run for the position has come out in support of Blair.
The concept of a permanent president of the European Union is felt to be an important step in creating a more continental government. Everything now depends on the vote of Ireland in favor of the Lisbon Treaty.