Brexit is a 'historic warning sign' for the European Union, says Macron
Brexit is a "historic warning sign" for the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said hours before Britain's departure from the EU, adding that it meant "we need more Europe".
Macron, who was elected on a promise to transform the EU, also argued that Britain's decision to leave was enabled by the fact that "we did not change Europe enough".
'Lies, exaggerations, simplifications and cheques'
Calling Friday a "sad day" he attacked the "lies, exaggerations, simplifications and cheques promised that never arrived" of the Brexit referendum campaign of 2016
"We must always remember where lies can lead our democracies," he said solemnly.
Macron, who hosted the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier earlier Friday for talks in Paris, also sounded a firm note on the upcoming negotiations between London and Brussels on their future relationship.
While saying he hoped for the "closest, most solid, most enduring partnership possible", he warned: "It won't be the same as the relationship we have had for several decades. You cannot be both in and out."
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