Brexit Britain from Abroad: Strongman Macron Warns Weak May on Single Market
Macron Warns Britain
French president Emmanuel Macron has told Britain that its financial services sector cannot enjoy full access to Europe unless it accepts the jurisdiction of European courts and other single market rules. Speaking during a joint press conference with Theresa May at the Sandhurst military academy on Thursday, Mr Macron said the choice lay in Britain’s hands.
“I’m not here to punish or reward. I want to make sure that the single market is preserved because that’s very much at the heart of the European Union. So the choice is on the British side, not on my side. But there can be no differentiated access for financial services. If you want access to the single market, including financial services, be my guest. But it means that you have to contribute to the budget and acknowledge European jurisdiction,” he said.
Exit from Brexit
"I still feel the exit of Britain is a catastrophe, yes, a defeat we all have to take responsibility for," Juncker said.
"But the reasons for the British exit lie deeper. As Prime Minister [Theresa] May has said, the British never felt at ease in the EU and for 40 years they haven't been given the chance to feel more at ease. That is why the blame is on many," he added.
Britain voted for Brexit 52 percent to 48 percent in a June 2016 referendum, and the exit date is set for March 29, 2019.
On Tuesday, Juncker endorsed a statement by European Council President Donald Tusk that Britain would be welcome to remain in the EU.
"Mr Tusk and I once again reached out to the British government yesterday and said that if the British people, the British parliament, the British government, wish for another way than Brexit, we would be prepared to discuss it," Junkcer said.
"We are not throwing out the British, we want them to stay. And if they want to, they should be able to," he added.
France would also welcome change of heart
France would "look with kindness" towards a decision by Britain to reverse the direction of Brexit and remain in the EU, an adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.
"If tomorrow, or the day after, the United Kingdom decided to change its mind, it's clear that we would look at this with kindness," the adviser said. "But it's not up to us to say if the UK wants to change its mind."
Trump Forces Brexit Paradox
Celebrating the Franco-British cooperation in the process of divorce from London with the EU presupposes a degree of diplomatic flexibility. The two leaders can be trusted to attack each other. They can also be credited with some ulterior motives: Theresa May, who lost her majority in the Westminster Parliament in June 2017 and heads a divided government over Europe , is not perceived in Paris as a situation of strength. It could seek to spare the good graces of a neighbour who weighs heavily in the negotiation of Brexit.
In a climate marked by the removal of the American friend - Donald Trump has just canceled his planned visit to London - the United Kingdom paradoxically seeks to strengthen its ties with the European continent. Noting "uncertainty that Trump administration has generated in the order of the world exist," the Telegraph conservative daily Europhobic, advises Mrs May to "establish the framework for a new post-Brexit of era Franco-British cooperation ".
The strengthening of the EU, of which the French president is the champion, is the opposite of the Brexit and Mr Macron is suspected in London of wanting to use it to pickpocket to the benefit of Paris the maximum of jobs and institutions of the City. However, the head of state is seen in the United Kingdom as the strongman of Europe, at least while Angela Merkel is busy forming a government.
The EU Agrees with Nigel
For Catholics, that would be as if the Pope questioned the existence of God. For so far, the pro-Brexit camp has branded everyone as a pro-democracy and popular enemy, who dared to see in the retirement referendum something other than the last and holy word of the voter. But Farage said on Thursday in a talk show a second referendum for potentially useful. It would "annihilate" the rumors of the Remain camp "for a generation" and force the policy to a hard Brexit - no matter how negative the consequences would be for the economy.
The cancellation from Downing Street came promptly. "We will not hold a second referendum," said a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May . The Brexit opponents but happily accepted Farage's proposal. Nick Clegg , ex-leader of the Liberal Democrats - the only British party with a clear pro-EU position - dropped a tweet that until recently he thought would have been impossible: "I agree with Nigel." Labour politician Chuka Umunna told the Guardian that Farage had made a meaningful statement for the first time in his life. The British people have "every right to be open to Brexit".
Russia Probe Gains Ground
The U.K. government has said it has found no evidence that Russia successfully interfered in its democratic processes, including the Brexit vote, and Russia denies any allegations. But British lawmakers in recent months have called for the government to report on the extent to which Moscow may have sought to influence the Brexit referendum.
Mr. Collins said he believes there is a growing body of evidence that Russia interfered in the referendum. His committee in October asked Facebook, Twitter Inc. and other internet companies to provide information about how the Russian government used social media accounts to influence the Brexit vote and the 2017 election. The request was part of an inquiry the committee is conducting on fake news.
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