Frexit fury erupts: ‘Leaving prison is leaving the euro and the EU!’ – Brussels in chaos

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French politicians responded with fury following claims the country must not leave the EU, despite the uncertainty caused by the bloc’s coronavirus vaccine programme. One politician for the Les Patriotes party Florian Philippot, claimed leaving the EU was like “leaving prison”. Mr Philippot has been an outspoken critic of the bloc and disputed claims from Rassemblement National (RN) MEP Jordan Bardella, who insisted leaving the EU will not happen.

He said: “To pretend to change policy by staying in the euro is like wanting to repaint the walls of your cell in a different colour.

“Leaving prison is leaving the euro and the EU!

“Everything else is fantasy and lies!”

Fellow Les Patriotes member Joffrey Bollee, claimed the EU is beginning to crack following Brexit and the impact caused by coronavirus.

He added: “Rassemblement National’s relationship to the EU has changed while the EU has remained the same (still harmful).

“Showing lack of conviction does not improve credibility.

“On the contrary: to become pro-European at a time when the EU is cracking all over the place is frankly a stupid move.”

Despite the issues ravaging within the EU, Mr Bardella insisted leaving the EU was now out of the question regardless of the criticism it has received.

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Throughout the pandemic, the EU Commission has come under intense scrutiny for how it has handled the rollout of vaccines across the 27 member states.

Some states, such as Hungary, have now looked to the Russian and Chinese vaccines in order to kickstart their own immunisation programmes.

Indeed, Austria and Denmark agreed a deal for vaccine development with Israel last week after claiming the EU had been too slow.

With vaccine rates remaining low on the continent, the EU has now looked to the US to permit the export of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Europe.

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This comes after it emerged Italy and the EU Commission blocked shipments of the vaccine to Australia.

Last year, southern EU states, namely Italy, also criticised the bloc for the lack of support received during the height of the pandemic.

Although the coronavirus relief package was later agreed upon, they claimed the EU had not stepped in to help their respective efforts against the virus.

Due to this, a wave of anti-EU sentiment has spread across the bloc, especially in France.

Charles-Henri Gallois, president of Generation Frexit, called on the government to hold a referendum on membership of the EU.

He told Express.co.uk: “I’m for Frexit but this is not only a Frexit project.

“The conditions to the EU membership have changed a lot since the Maastricht Treaty as it would be quite normal if you’re a democrat, as the conditions change to consult the people and ask if they still want to stay or not within in the European Union.

“We have this big platform, this big project about a referendum on Frexit just as the British had a referendum on Brexit.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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