France admits fears that Brexit will spread to Europe AND cripple EU’s work
Nathalie Loiseau, who is leading Emmanuel Macron’s European election campaign, demanded Britain to not “export its political crisis” over to Europe. She stepped down from her role as France’s Europe minister in order to become Mr Macron’s lead candidate for this week’s European elections. Despite claiming to “respect” the Brexit decision, Ms Loiseau begged British politicians to let Europe “move forward”.
In an interview with French broadcaster RTL, she said: “We respect the British.
“We ask them to allow us to go forward on our own path, and in the meantime we ask Britain not to export its political crisis over to the European Union.”
Ms Loiseau also urged caution on Brussels’ push for a second referendum, which was also proposed by Mrs May yesterday.
The French politician cast doubt that a second vote would have “a significantly different result” from the EU referendum in 2016.
“We must respect British democracy, the vote of 2016,” she said. “It’s a British decision, it’s not for us to do.
“I’m not sure if there was another referendum there would be a significantly different result.
“I fear above all that the result of this type of referendum would create new divisions in England.”
Britain should instead “move forward” in order to begin work on its post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels, she added.
But she shutdown Mrs May trying to cherrypick from the EU’s market in order to win the support MPs for her hated Brexit deal.
In a final desperate effort to urge Britain to leave the EU quietly, Ms Loiseau concluded: “They can’t have one foot in the door or something like that for 10 years – saying I’m going to stay, I’m going to leave or I’m going to do both at the same time. And especially not, I’ll block everything in the EU, we can’t accept that.”
Yesterday Mrs May offered a number of concessions to Remainers, Labour Party and DUP MPs in order in a last-ditch effort to win backing for her Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister infuriated Tory Brexiteers with a pledge to give the Common an opportunity to trigger a second referendum in return for supporting her legislation to help Britain leave the EU through Parliament.
In a bid to win over Labour MPs, she presented the prospect of a temporary customs union with the EU until at least the next generation.
She warned MPs that they face plunging Britain into a “nightmare future of permanently polarised politics” if they refuse to back her deal.
But the Prime Minister faced backlash from all corners of the Commons, with Tory colleagues and the Labour opposition all rounding on her announcement.
Labour said the proposals were a “repackaged version of the same old deal” while Tory backbenchers rubbished them as a “dog’s breakfast” and “truly awful”.