Macron Slams Brexit: ‘Never Has Europe Been in Such Danger’
French President pens letter to tackle ‘manipulation’ and 'fake news' in elections
Macron penned a letter outlining ideas including creating an agency to tackle alleged ‘manipulation’ and 'fake news' in elections processes.
“Never since the Second World War has Europe been so essential. Never has Europe been in such danger,” Macron wrote in a letter published in 24 European papers on Monday.
The French President's negative evaluation has come weeks before the UK's Brexit deadline which is set for March 29.
His assessment also comes two months before the next European Parliament elections, scheduled for May.
The French leader described Brexit the 'symbol of crisis' “of a Europe that has failed to respond to its peoples’ need for protection from the major shocks of the modern world.”
"Faced with major crises in the world, citizens so often ask, ‘Where is Europe? What is Europe doing?’ To them, it has become a soulless market," Macron said.
He also expressed frustration over the meticulous talks on the UK-EU divorce deal, along with the ongoing debates surrounding it.
“Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future? Who spoke to them about losing access to the EU market?”
The British government recently delayed a parliamentary vote on Brexit as Theresa May scrambles to negotiations after the House of Commons rejected the previous deal.
Macron has since blamed Brexit and the European crisis on growing “nationalism” and “anger-mongers, backed by fake news."
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But he also moved to pro-EU praise by calling for “a European Renaissance,” that suggested he is clutching straws.
"We can’t sleepwalk to a diminished Europe. We can’t remain in the routine of business as usual and wishful thinking," he said.
But Macron's approval rating remains at a historic low as the Yellow Vest demonstration hit its 16th week last Saturday.
Macron desperately proposed the formulation of a European Agency which would 'protect democracies' and supply each member state with “experts” tasked with fighting 'fake news' and alleged d “manipulation.”
Last week, Macron admitted fears that other countries in the EU could follow the footsteps of the UK and Brexit describing it as a "grave moment" for Europe.
In January, Macron claimed the British people were “manipulated” into voting for Brexit because of "fake news" throughout the EU referendum.
He spoke out following the British Parliament’s historic defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s soft Brexit agreement.
“The first losers of [No Deal Brexit] would be the British," Macron said.
“It’s a referendum that has been manipulated, manipulated from outside by a lot of what we call fake news, where everything and anything was said,” he continued.