News > Europe

Europe

President Macron offers Brexit advice to UK

The Connexion, Apr 17

President Macron had a suggestion for the UK when he spoke in front of the European Parliament on Tuesday – ‘it’s called EU membership’.

During a three-hour debate about his ideas for the future of the EU, Mr Macron said: “You’ve asked me about Brexit and I have a very direct reply about the position that France will have towards the UK and the post-Brexit situation.

“I am for a relationship that is the most integrated as possible, the closest… and there is a solution – you know it well – it’s EU membership.

“That’s the one also that allows for good access to the single market, which allows for access to freedoms, and really good integration.”

He said friendship with the UK was very important to him, but there could be no cherry-picking when it came to the single market and its freedoms.

He was warmly welcomed by EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker who said “the real France is back”, and received a standing ovation at the end of the debate – despite dissenting voices including from the far-left with regard France’s military action in Syria, and from eurosceptics. Mr Macron was appearing to speak about and answer questions on his ideas about EU reform, with his keyword being what he called ‘European sovereignty’. He said it was necessary to organise wide-ranging debates in the member states in the coming months about the EU’s future, warning that it was important to strengthen ‘European democracy’ in the face of tendencies towards ‘authoritarianism’ and ‘selfish nationalism’.

The Front National’s Florian Philippot said he wanted a ‘Frexit’ referendum, adding: “Our nations are brilliant civilisations and we’ll always be much better than any European treaty, so let us leave the European Union and enter into the world.”

Similar Stories

Europe

UK is free to cancel Brexit unilaterally

The UK is free to revoke Brexit unilaterally if it wishes to the European Court…

The Connexion, Dec 10

Europe

Juncker visit to parliament cancelled

An address to the French National Assembly on Tuesday by European Commission President…

Politico, Dec 3

Europe

Consular service gears up to help Britons…

The consular service has been gearing up to offer more help to Britons living in…

The Connexion, Dec 3

Europe

EU needs to boost HPV vaccine supply

European countries need to help increase supply of a vaccine to prevent cervical…

Politico, Nov 29