Frexit: Expert fires warning about leaving euro

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The campaign for France to leave the bloc, nicknamed ‘Frexit’, is gathering steam as the EU continues to botch its vaccine rollout. Journalist Laurent Herbley said the EU’s bureaucracy was “paralyzing” member states.

He wrote: “The EU has not protected us from any financial, economic or health crisis.

“The EU has not allowed us to build anything, the European continent being a mere market for US multinationals or China.

“And the EU has never allowed us to weigh more, the United States continuing to impose its will, fining our companies or pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal as it pleases.

“The EU is just an additional and inadequate bureaucracy that paralyzes and distracts us, without ever helping us.”

Mr Herbley said the EU’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic had fuelled calls for Frexit, “considerable flow of arguments” in support of the proposal.

In a comment piece for the newspaper Le Figaro, Mr Herbley said: “Of course, many still think that leaving the EU is a radioactive idea.

“But besides the fact that it is ultimately little studied, it seems to me that the last twelve months have brought a considerable flow of arguments to its supporters.

“And, as in 2005, faced with such a calamitous record, especially during this crisis, a campaign could well tip a majority of French people for a frank and immediate break with this totally dysfunctional construction.”

He said French soil was “probably fertile” for the idea of French leaving the EU.

The author said, while it was difficult to leave the bloc, Brexit demonstrated it is now “feasible”.

Mr Herbley continued: “The passage from resignation to rejection is perfectly possible.

“First, even if it was difficult, leaving the EU is now feasible, as Brexit demonstrated.

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“Better still, it does not seem so penalizing and on the first major issue, vaccination, the Union has shown that it weakens us.”

Mr Herbley’s comments come after Frexit champion Charles-Henri Gallois said Europe would be “more effective” as a continent if member states were not under the auspices of the EU.

Mr Gallois took to Twitter to publicly accused France’s EU minister Clement Beaune and the French industry minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher of failing to tell the truth about vaccines.

He tweeted: “Europe is more effective without the European Union!

“When the lies of Beaune and Runacher meet reality regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.”

He added the hashtag “Let’s take back control”.

His attack comes as the EU’s vaccine debacle drags on two months after the bloc’s rollout was thrown up in the air by a setback in deliveries of the AstraZeneca jab.

Across the bloc, Euroscepticism is on the rise and anti-EU forces in France, Spain and Italy were previously urged to form a new Brexit-style political party.

In January, anti-EU campaigners in France, Italy and Spain were in talks to draft a joint manifesto and abandon the Brussels project once and for all.

This came after Mr Gallois revealed he is teaming up with Italexit, Espexit and other anti-European Union campaigners in the continent, to launch a joint programme against the Brussels bloc.

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