Michel Barnier warns that France may follow Britain from the EU as polls show growing support for Euroceptic Marine Le Pen.
He said there was “social unrest and anger” over immigration and the failure of European border defense, and the EU’s “bureaucratic formalism and complexity.”
“We were able to draw some lessons from Brexit ourselves. It’s too late for the UK, but it’s too late for us,” he said.
“It can be found not only in the United Kingdom, but also here in the northern part of France. […] “Citizens who want to leave the EU,” said Barnier. Those who have returned to domestic politics,Said.
He added, “It is our responsibility to understand why Britain has left. […] It is important to listen to the anger expressed in the UK and make the necessary changes to better understand and reassure the remaining European citizens. “
According to the latest IFOP poll, Mr. Le Pen, who heads the National Coalition Party, is two points ahead of pro-EU Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the presidential election next year.
Macron is expected to win 54% to 46% in the second round, which is narrower than the 66.1% to 34.6% defeat she suffered four years ago.
Ms. Le Pen called for France to leave the EU in the election, but then stopped the campaign for France to leave the block. Instead, she wants to create a “country of Europe”.
Barnier wants to rebuild his support for the centre-right Republican Party prior to the election.
He was speaking at an event in Brexit, northern France. There, fishermen complain that they have not yet obtained a fishing license from the United Kingdom since Brexit.
France’s European Minister Clément Beaune said the EU was accused of being “weak and slow.”
He said Brock should be fascinated by his solid approach to Brexit negotiations.
“In 2016 people thought this was the beginning of the end of Europe, but we show that we are agile, responsive and consistent in defending our interests in order to defend firmly. We were able to make Europe’s largest asset – a single market and our political unity. ”
“These are lessons that we all have to keep in mind as Europe faces more challenges,” he added.
The European Commission warned Britain at a meeting Thursday night that no further unilateral action over the Northern Ireland Protocol would be accepted.
The Commission’s Vice-Chairman, Maros Chefchovic, told Sir Frost: “Solutions can only be found through joint action and community.”
The UK argues that unilateral actions to extend the grace period for food and parcels are legal and done in good faith.
Conference on new implementation Post-Brexit Customs Clearance in Northern Ireland Both sides said it was “constructive”.