When Emmanuel Macron called for a new kind of “political European community” that would make it possible for non-EU countries like Britain to adopt “European core values,” he made Brexit supporters angry.
Lord Moylan was furious when Emmanuel Macron, a staunch opponent of Brexit, suggested making an alternative group that could be appealing to countries that want to join or, in an apparent reference to Britain, those that have left the Union.
Taking to Twitter, stated Tory Lord Moylan: “I’d rather see EU member states join the United Kingdom, run from London.”
“How about that, Emmanuel?”
Rather than lowering requirements to speed up membership, Mr Macron proposed forming a “European political community” available to democratic European states adhering to its key ideals in areas including political cooperation, security, energy, transport, infrastructure investment, and people circulation.
He added: “Joining it would not necessarily prejudge future EU membership,” he said.
“Nor would it be closed to those who left it.”
The event also marked the end of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long discussion on EU reform.
His comments come at a time when it is said that Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands want to “bring Britain back into the fold” of EU foreign policy debates after Brexit.
A top EU official told The Telegraph: “Continental leaders need to say we’re sitting down, and it would be great if you sat down with us.”
Rumors say that the UK could be given the first rotating presidency of the new European organisation in order to get Boris Johnson to change his mind.
The French President was said to have rejected the idea.