Brexit, which finally saw the UK complete its full departure from the EU on December 31, has seen activists from several other countries, mainly France and Italy, step up their own pressure on Brussels. The EU was locked in an 11-month transition period with the EU last year, but has now freed itself from EU rules regarding the customs union and the single market. Boris Johnson has capitalized on the glory of Brexit, bragging about how the UK has now “taken back control” and continues to insist that the nation will quickly flourish with its new powers outside of it. ‘EU.
But pressure is now starting to build on Mr Macron amid calls from activists for the country to hold its own referendum on EU membership.
The French president is a staunch supporter of the EU and, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaving frontline politics this year, will be seen as a leading figure in the bloc.
However, ahead of the May 2022 presidential elections, Mr Macron’s popularity appears to be declining at a crucial time.
A poll by the Odoxa institute, carried out online from February 3 to 4 and interviewing 1,005 French adults, showed that 81% of people think that the center-right government of Mr. Macron “does not know where it is going. “in terms of Covid planning.
Charles-Henri Gallois, chairman of the Generation Frexit political campaign group, has launched a scathing attack on Mr Macron and what he claims are EU policies imposed on the French.
He told Express.co.uk: “Macron has never been very popular. He does the dirty work of the EU.
“I mean there was no enthusiasm for him. He was always elected by default.
“Well, like the precedents before him, he makes EU policy.
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“There is of course the vaccine rollout fiasco, but that’s not the only thing.
“The European Commission has always put pressure on our healthcare system to reduce costs and has given the green light to relocations and deindustrialisation.
“We paid a high price for these policies: we weren’t able to produce masks or drugs and we didn’t have enough hospital beds to deal with this crisis.
“The French are more and more aware that we need this sovereignty.
“It won’t happen if we don’t have Frexit because it is set in stone in the EU treaties.”
Frexit activist Mr Gallois continues to insist that France can beat Italy to become the next country to follow the UK out of the EU, mainly due to the political unrest in Rome.
He believes Mr Macron will not bow to Frexit pressure this year, but if he were to be defeated in next year’s presidential elections and replaced by a Democrat, a quick departure from the EU could become a distinct possibility.
Generation Frexit president continued: “This year Frexit would be difficult because I don’t see Macron holding a referendum just before the presidential election.
“It’s more likely that this will happen in 2022 or 2023 if a Democrat wins the presidential election and dares to hold that referendum.
“Whatever the outcome, we will put as much pressure as possible on all candidates to get this referendum.”