Can a Macron effect save UK from Brexit?

By Ecole polytechnique Université Paris [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Is President-elect Emmanuel Macron of France likely to be a beacon of hope for Britons? As recent polls suggest an increasing number of citizens in the UK see separation from the European Union as a potential disaster of epic proportions that cannot but affect every part of British society, and in more adverse ways than it is possible yet to foresee.

Macron’s triumph can affect the Brexit process in various ways, some apparent and many others that can best be described, for now, as catalysts for potential change in the run-up to negotiations between Britain and the EU.

As an outspoken pro-EU European Macron is an invaluable asset for Brussels, a gift from the gods, who can be a force for good and also a potentially effective mediator between, on one side, the forces of extremism of both right and left, irrational and violent rhetoric, hyperbole and hysteria and, on the other, those who support courses and voices of reason.

The Sun tabloid newspaper said Macron’s election victory “could have serious implications for Brexit Britain.” However, independent analysts believe the French presidency could help temper a  souring mood between London and Brussels and enable Prime Minister Theresa May to improve diplomatic relations between Britain and EU.

Those relations suffered in the wake of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ‘leak’ and British rejoinders in response to a perceived  European attempt to influence the outcome of a June 8 general election, in which May is seeking a robust mandate for Brexit negotiation.

The British prime minister welcomed Macron’s election victory. “France is one of our closest allies and we look forward to working with the new president on a wide range of shared priorities,” a statement from Number 10 Downing Street said.

 

 

Author: Editor

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