Brexiteer Mark Francois has warned against Britain joining a new European club championed by French President Emmanuel Macron. Liz Truss is reportedly considering attending the first meeting of the European Political Community next month. Express: ‘Non, merci!’ Brexiteer Francois issues warning over UK joining Macron’s new European club
Brexit supporter Mark Francois has cautioned against Britain joining a brand new European club supported by Emmanuel Macron, the president of France. According to reports, Liz Truss may go to the European Political Community’s first meeting next month.
The prominent European Research Group of Tory MPs’ chairman, Mr Francois, argued that the UK should have “nothing to do” with Mr Macron’s initiative.
According to the Express, the Tory MP said: “Non, merci! As a country, we did not spend nearly five years of arguing, from the 2016 referendum to finally departing the EU in early 2020, only to commence rejoining the organisation, all over again, just under a different guise.”
“President Macron’s federalist ambitions are already an open secret right across Europe, and we should have nothing to do with them.”
In October, Prague will host the European Political Community’s first meeting. Before the Prime Minister decides whether or not to go, Downing Street apparently wants to see additional information.
The group would provide a “new space” for collaboration on topics including security, energy, and freedom of movement, according to Mr Macron, who first proposed the concept in May.
He said the following in a speech at the Conference on the Future of Europe: “It is our historic obligation … to create what I would describe before you today as a European Political Community.”
“This new European organisation would allow democratic European nations that subscribe to our shared core values to find a new space for political and security cooperation, cooperation in the energy sector, in transport, investments, infrastructures, the free movement of persons, and in particular of our youth.”
“Joining it would not prejudge future accession to the European Union necessarily, and it would not be closed to those who have left the EU.”
“It would bring our Europe together, respecting its true geography, on the basis of its democratic values, with the desire to preserve the unity of our continent and by preserving the strength and ambition of our integration.”
It follows the first bilateral encounter between Mr Macron and Ms Truss, which took place on Tuesday at the UN conference in New York.
According to Downing Street, the two had a “constructive” talk for around 30 minutes. According to No. 10, Mr Macron mentioned his proposal for a European Political Community that would include non-EU nations like the UK but did not extend an invitation to the UK for the first meeting.
According to Downing Street, the meeting’s main topic was energy security. The Northern Ireland Protocol and migrant crossings over the English Channel were not topics of conversation between the two.
It follows Ms Truss’s controversial refusal to state whether the ally was “friend or foe” during the Tory leadership contest.