Marcon rages 'FAKE NEWS' caused Brexit and admits it's 'tempting to say it NEVER happened'
In a wide-ranging Brexit rant the French leader also blamed fake news for causing Brexit. Speaking on day two of the Brussels summit, the French president said: “We now have clear options. Either UK will vote for agreement and that gives them until May 22. Or the UK could reject the agreement so they would have two weeks for a credible alternative plan and Parliament majority. If that does not happen we will conclude a no deal. No-one wants it but we are prepared for it. We have laws in place and we will protect citizens and businesses in that scenario.
Mr Macron also insisted he was happy with the outcome of yesterday’s EU summit talks which saw a two-week extension to Brexit.
He said: “Last night we reached a good agreement. It’s an agreement that follows our principles. All 27 member states spoke to each other and were represented as a whole. We need to protect our citizens and businesses.
“The idea is to ensure organised withdrawal and get clarity on dates and conditions so EU doesn’t remain a hostage. We need to get out of this cheque mate and allow UK to come up with a credible alternative plan.”
When asked about his forecast of five percent that PM May would get through, he responded: “I’m not getting involved in forecasts for the future of UK. PM May is trying to get the agreement which has been negotiated for two years. I know what;s going to happen. PM May needs an extension and more time. She has taken on board this was the only way to enact what she has been negotiating.
“If this vote is not decided then it is up to May to come up with new proposals . We have seen those amendments be rejected that parliament will take over negotiations. But I can’t tell what positive majority will emerge in the futryue. I don’t want to speculate. Either there is an agreement or there isn’t.”
“This has been a sudden decision by the British people on basis of fake news. Those people who spread it have disappeared. We have the Parliament and Government who cannot find the political majority.
“This shows what can happen when we come to a situation where there is a conflict between direct and representative democracy. Direct democracy is taken from the full blow of fake news.
“We need to respect the decision. It’s tempting to say let’s say this never happened but if we ignore them we put ourselves in the position where we are criticised. European leaders saying something and not delivering on it.
“This is at the heart of the European project.”