Frexit NOW! EU alarm bells as France told to follow UK lead and ‘take back control’

Charles-Henri Gallois says EU is ‘totally useless institution’

Britain finally completed its full departure from the EU on New Year’s Eve, four-and-a-half years after the historic Brexit referendum and subsequently ending nearly 50 years of EU membership. London and Brussels had agreed a post-Brexit trade deal just a week earlier, following several months of tense and often bitter negotiations between the two sides. The UK had been locked in a transition period lasting nearly a year that forced the country in continuing to follow the EU’s rules around the Customs Union and Single Market.

But the agreed trade deal has freed Britain from Brussels’ shackles, with Boris Johnson insisting the UK has now “taken back control” and can flourish as a growing sovereign nation.

Now the coined phrase ‘Frexit’ – created to try and force France’s own exit from the EU – is picking up significant pace on social media as demands for the country to be the next to leave the bloc continue to surge.

Charles-Henri Gallois, president of the political movement Generation Frexit, believes France is edging closer to leaving the EU and has demanded the country “take back control” like the UK has following Brexit.

He warned despite the billions of euros France will lose from continuing to be a long-standing EU member, the argument centres around sovereignty and democracy, but warned there is no such thing as the latter in the bloc at present.

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Mr Gallois told “A country which does not control its laws, its money, its commercial agreements, its currency, its boundaries is not a sovereign country at all.

“France is a great country and should take back control!

“You can have thousands of economic arguments as the EU costs us a lot financially (cost of the euro currency overvalued for our economy, France is the second largest contributor to EU budget, France will loose 40 billions euros in the recovery fund) but eventually it’s about democracy.

“Do we want to be governed by French people that we elect and that we can fire in the next election if the policy is wrong? There is no such thing as democracy in the EU.

“Whether you vote left or right, you have the same exact policy which is decided in Brussels by non-elected people or in the European treaties that you cannot change as you need the unanimity of 27 countries with different national interests.”

Mr Gallois is also confident that Frexit campaigners would be able to force a win if a referendum on France’s membership of the EU were to take place.

The French European Constitution referendum took place in May 2005, resulting in a victory for the “No” campaign, with 55 percent of voters rejecting the treaty on a turnout of 69 percent.

It saw France become the first country to reject the treaty, and the second country to go to the polls in a referendum on ratification, after a Spanish referendum approved the treaty by a wide margin just a few months earlier.

But the Generation Frexit President believes the tide is changing in France as any vote “allows to go beyond the divide that exists between left and right in other elections”.

He explained: “France can definitely be the next country to leave the EU and we are working on it with Génération Frexit.

“I think that if we can get a referendum on Frexit, we will win it as we will have a proper debate on the EU, which is not the case in other elections.

“It also allows to go beyond the divide that exists between left and right in other elections.

“When we voted NO with 55 percent in 2005, it was 30 percent from the right and 25 percent from the left.”

Mr Gallois concluded: “We should get this referendum and actually each democrat in France, whether you are for Frexit or no, should ask for this referendum.

“It should be normal and democratic that the French people have the say in referendum: do we still want to stay in the EU given the massive changes?”

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