French minister claims Brexit backers lied to voters

‘Accept May’s Brexit deal or face economic disaster’: France’s finance minister attacks ‘absurd’ UK politicians trying to scupper PM’s plans for EU exit

  • France finance minister called British politicians threatening May’s deal ‘absurd’
  • Bruno Le Maire told hard Brexiteers to accept deal or face ‘economic disaster’
  • He also called some British politicians ‘liars’ and accused them of tricking voters

A French minster has branded Brexiteer politicians trying to thwart Theresa May’s deal as ‘absurd’. 

France’s finance minister said today that Brexit advocates must choose between accepting the deal negotiated by London and Brussels for leaving the EU or risk ‘economic disaster’.

Bruno Le Maire, the French Economy Minister, also called some British politicians ‘liars’, saying they tricked voters into thinking leaving the EU would be easy and in their interests. 

He told a Paris forum on reforming the World Trade Organization that the British people were ‘the main victims’ of Brexit.

He said: ‘The choice now faced by British political leaders who have advocated Brexit is to renounce their absurd political promise or face economic disaster, with the British people the main victims.

‘What does Brexit demonstrate? It shows that leaving the common European market has an exorbitant economic cost.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Brexit advocates must choose between accepting the deal negotiated by London and Brussels for leaving the EU or risk ‘economic disaster’

Theresa May at a press conference inside Number 10 Downing Street about her proposed Brexit with the EU deal yesterday

‘There are a number of lying and irresponsible politicians in Britain who told the British people that Brexit would turn out to be a golden tomorrow.’

As Prime Minister Theresa May battles to save her Brexit plan, Le Maire said: ‘The truth is that Brexit could end with a nightmare.’

Le Maire was speaking to a conference in Paris on reforming the global trade system, where he defended the European Union’s single market, calling it a ‘considerable force’ in global trade and warned that Britain could face ‘economic disaster’ if it leaves.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is among the strongest defenders of the EU and is trying to limit the damage to the bloc from Britain’s exit – and ensure that Brexit does not encourage other EU members to leave.

Bruno Le Maire lso called some British politicians ‘liars’, saying they tricked voters into thinking leaving the EU would be easy and in their interests


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Le Maire’s comments came as British Prime Minister Theresa May battles to salvage her draft Brexit deal and her own political future.

After a tumultuous Thursday in which several ministers resigned and members of her own conservative party plotted to oust her, May said in a radio interview Friday that she believed with ‘every fibre of my being’ in the Brexit course.

Members of parliament on all sides have warned her there is no way the plan can win their approval, but she has dismissed calls to quit, saying: ‘Am I going to see this through? Yes!’.

Critics of the deal say May has conceded too much to Brussels, while EU supporters are calling for a new vote on whether to leave the union.

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