Macron: Political leaders pushing for Brexit are ‘liars’
- Credit: ABACA/PA Images
Emmanuel Macron has launched an extraordinary attack on prominent Brexiteers, branding those in charge of the Leave campaign 'liars'.
The French president hit out at the likes of Farage, Johnson, and Rees-Mogg in a press conference at the end of the Salzburg summit of European leaders.
He described Brexit as a 'a choice pushed by certain people who predicted easy solutions' and claimed that 'those who said you can easily do without Europe, that it will all go very well, that it is easy and there will be lots of money, are liars.'
While progress was being made in negotiations, he pointed out that it was 'not as simple as suggested by those who promised the British people the Earth at the time of the referendum'.
Macron added that it was true that Brexit negotiations had been complex and lengthy, but said: 'That fact must not be exploited by those very people who are the cause of this problem, who got us into the Brexit situation and who now tell us that Europe is going from crisis to crisis.
You may also want to watch:
'Brexit shows that it is not easy to leave the EU,' he said, adding: 'It is not without costs. It is not without consequences.'
Earlier EU leaders called the prime minister's bluff by slamming her post-Brexit plan for trade and refusing to rule out a no-deal scenario.
When asked whether a bad deal was better than no deal Macron declined to say, but said he would 'never accept a deal which will damage Europe.'
- 1 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 2 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 3 Nigel Farage launches new party in Scotland to promote 'positive case for the Union'
- 4 Matt Hancock praises free school meals before being reminded he voted against them
- 5 Brexit changes lead to exodus of Brits from Spain, UK nationals claim
- 6 James O'Brien schools Brexiteer who refuses to accept new EU-UK trade rules
- 7 Brexiteer rebuked after backing Nigel Farage's 'East Germany' claims
- 8 Brexiteer MP ridiculed after calling for free movement of goods between GB and NI
- 9 Tory candidate suspended by party over comments about ‘fat’ food bank user
- 10 No 10 defends Stanley Johnson receiving two coronavirus vaccines while others don't
He added: 'I respect the sovereignty of the British people, but I respect the sovereignty of the 27 other members. And they decided to join the European Union with its rules.
'I'm here precisely to protect the interests of my citizens, but more broadly of this common project. So there is no blind deal - this is my answer.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.