French President Emmanuel Macron last night launched a furious attack on Brexit saying ‘it can’t be delivered’ and had ‘torn society apart’.
Rubbishing the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of the British voted to exit the EU, the head of state said: ‘Be aware of people who sell you dreams, that tell you all your anger can be solved by a referendum. I’m scared of people who manipulate you with miracle ideas.’
Mr Macron was speaking on Thursday evening to an audience in Bourg-de-Peage, south of Lyon, in a ‘people’s debate’.
Some were so-called Yellow Vest anti-government campaigners who themselves want France to leave the EU.
But Mr Macron told them: ‘Take the British. They voted for Brexit. There were people who, in good faith, were sometimes as angry as you are, and they said that the source of all their ills was Europe. It’s rubbish!’
Attacking Brexit poster campaigns that in 2016 promised more money for the NHS and other good causes, Mr Macron said: ‘There were lots of buses passing by reading that you were going to save something like 36 billion pounds if you get out of Europe.
‘And it will be done in 15 days, and then people voted. There were people who voted for Brexit, who did it in good faith, they were angry, and they thought their situation was impossible, because the system was unjust.
In a clear reference to former Conservative politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned after losing the Brexit referendum, Mr Macron whistled as he mocked their departures.
‘The result is, it’s in fact been going on for two years now and those who promised a Brexit literally left within two weeks. They didn’t even want to govern!