Britain's departure from the EU on December 31 has seen campaigners from several other countries ramp up pressure on Brussels. The UK had been lock
Britain’s departure from the EU on December 31 has seen campaigners from several other countries ramp up pressure on Brussels. The UK had been locked in a transition period with Brussels for a large part of 2020 but has now unshackled itself from the bloc’s rules around the Customs Union and Single Market. Boris Johnson has basked in the glory of Brexit, boasting how the UK has now “taken back control” and continues to insist the nation will quickly flourish with its new-found powers outside of the EU.
The pressure is now starting to ramp up on Mr Macron amid campaigners calls for the country to hold its own referendum on membership with the EU.
In addition, a poll carried out by the Odoxa institut, conducted online from February 3-4 and quizzing 1,005 French adults, showed 81 percent of people believe Mr Macron’s centre-right government “does not know where it is going” in terms of Covid planning.
Charles-Henri Gallois, president of the Generation Frexit political campaign group, lashed out at the EU and branded its policies “a disaster for France”, demanding the country take back control of its sovereignty.
He told Express.co.uk: “The COVID-19 crisis had really shown that we need our sovereignty back. EU policies are a disaster for France.
“There is, of course, the vaccine rollout fiasco but it’s not the only thing.
“The EU Commission has always put pressure on our health system to reduce costs and has given the green light for relocations and deindustrialization.
“We have paid a high price for these policies: we were not able to produce masks or medicines and we did not have enough hospital beds to face this crisis.
“The French are each time more aware that we need this sovereignty.
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“He benefits from that as it prevents real opposition to emerge.
“I don’t think he will resign and actually one year before a new presidential election it would not make sense but if he would be a democrat, he won’t keep on passing reforms asked by the EU and that French people don’t want.
“He does the EU policy. This is not the policy that French people want.”
Mr Gallois believes France and Italy are the big frontrunners to leave the EU, but because of ongoing political conflict in Rome, he believes Paris will beat its European neighbour to that historic move.
He is confident Frexit could happen as soon as next year, should Macron be defeated in the presidential election and a democrat replace him who could be convinced to hold a referendum on France’s membership of the EU.
The Generation Frexit president concluded: “I have always thought that the next one to leave would be France or Italy.
“Italy, now, it seems much more complicated with the pro-EU government backed by Salvini.
“The Italians who want to take back control should back Italexit Party lead by Paragone.”
He continued: “This year, Frexit would be difficult as I don’t see Macron organising a referendum just before the presidential election.
“It’s more likely to happen in 2022 or 2023 if one democrat wins the presidential election and dares to organise this referendum.
“Anyway, we will put as much pressure as we can on all the candidates to get this referendum.”