Brexit: Le Pen ‘certain’ other countries will leave EU
The Frexit movement has been gathering pace since December after Boris Johnson said Brexit was the dawn of a newly independent “global Britain”. Campaign groups including Referendum Frexit and Generation Frexit are calling for France to be taken outside of the EU.
Referendum Frexit has seen more than 10,000 signatures on their petition demanding a vote on France’s future relationship with the Bloc.
The petition, set up last month, is backed by key members of French industry including economist Olivier Delamarche and political scientist Guillaume Bigot.
Marking the occasion last night, the group said: “We’re going to do it, we’re in no hurry.
“The rhythm of signatures increases with each passing day.”
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The group aimed to highlight to President Emanuel Macron the increasing costs of annual contribution to the Bloc.
They fear their annual contribution to Brussels will balloon to €29billion in 2021, up from €24 billion last year now the UK has left the EU.
Meanwhile, Charles-Henri Gallois, the President of Generation Frexit said France should be the next country to take back control of its rules.
Mr Gallois said: “Let France be next and take back control as well, leaving this harmful, paralysing and ruinous EU.
“If France is a democratic country, we must also give a voice to the people about our EU membership.
“The sovereign wish of a people to live according to its own laws, the United Kingdom is renewing this fundamental right that the European Union confiscated from them for too long.
“We must vote by referendum on our membership of the European Union: respect for democracy and the future of the French people require it.”
However, with the rising support for France leaving the EU, Boris Johnson has been dealt a blow on his trade deal which was passed by MPs in the Commons last week.
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The first official polling on Mr Johnson’s Christmas Eve deal released today revealed it was disliked by Brits with less than a fifth backing it.
The polling, undertaken by YouGov revealed only 17 percent of Brits say they think the terms represent a good deal for Britain whilst slightly more (21 percent) thought it represented a bad deal.
Meanwhile, another 31 percent see it as neither good nor bad whilst a further one in three (31 percent) were not sure.
Support was “lukewarm” among Leave voters, with only 27 percent saying the deal is a good one, compared to 38 percent saying it will be neither good nor bad.
However, only 10 percent see it as a bad deal.
In the June 2016 UK Brexit referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 52% backed Brexit while 16.1 million, or 48%, backed staying in the bloc.
YouGov polled 7,999 people on December 29th and 30th with options including a Good deal, Neither good nor bad deal, a Bad deal and Don’t know.
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