Emmanuel Macron: French would ‘probably’ vote to leave EU

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The French President believes his country might also have quit the bloc if offered the choice in an referendum

France would “probably” have voted to leave the EU if it had held an in/out referendum, according to the country’s leader.

Emmanuel Macron attributed the UK’s decision to leave the EU to British voters’ loss of faith in globalisation and unrestricted free markets.

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Undated BBC handout photo of President Emmanuel Macron of France, during a recorded interview at Sandhurst for the BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 21, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Macron. Photo credit should read: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire
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The French President suggested there is “always a risk” with votes such as Britain’s 2016 referendum, when asking the public “just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in a very complicated context”.

Asked whether a Leave or Remain vote in France could have ended with the same result, Mr Macron told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “Yes, probably. Probably in a…

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