Macron: Brexiteers manipulated voters with ‘undeliverable rubbish’

PUBLISHED: 13:34 25 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:41 25 January 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/ABACAPRESS.COM

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/ABACAPRESS.COM

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Emmanuel Macron has turned fire on the Brexiteers, the red bus, and even politicians like David Cameron who “didn’t want to govern” after the Brexit result.

The French president used a speech in Lyon to warn voters not to listen to those that “manipulate you with miracle ideas”.

He referred to those in the audience dressed up as “Gilets Jaunes” protesters who have been fighting the government on the streets of France.

He told the audience: “I’m scared of people who manipulate you with miracle ideas.”

Referring to Brexit he said the outcome had torn Britain apart and said that the voters anger was “misplaced”.

He said: “Take the British. They voted for Brexit. There were people who, in good faith, were sometimes as angry as you are, and they said that the source of all their ills was Europe. It’s rubbish!”

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In a criticism of Brexiteers, he continued: “There were lots of buses passing by reading that you were going to save something like 36 billion pounds if you get out of Europe.

“And it will be done in 15 days, and then people voted. There were people who voted for Brexit, who did it in good faith, they were angry, and they thought their situation was impossible, because the system was unjust.”

He also criticised politicians like David Cameron who quit shortly after the referendum result.

He said: “The result is, it’s in fact been going on for two years now and those who promised a Brexit literally left within two weeks. They didn’t even want to govern!

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“People are starting to realise that all the figures they were given are entirely false, and what they were told could be done overnight in fact can’t be delivered.

“And in the end it’s going to cost them. In this context do you think that the referendum was a good thing?

“No, because it didn’t allow for an informed, transparent and calm debate. It’s torn a society apart, and it’s left it open to disinformation coming from abroad, or terrible manipulation.”

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