The French president has said the UK should cough up the money even if there is a no deal Brexit and has claimed that the leaders of the other EU countries will echo his demands. The £39 billion was negotiated as part of Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement, which was rejected three times by MPs at Westminster. Many commentators said the French leader should ensure his own country was in order before criticising other countries and one claimed: “He can ‘order’ all he likes but Brits don’t take orders.”
This comes as the Gilets Jaunes protesters have caused chaos for months in France as they have protested against Macron’s policies.
Social media users took to Twitter to blast Macron, A Aztec said: “I hope Johnson will stand up to Macron with a yellow jacket.”
Geoffrey Myers said: “This pocket Napoleon is unable to order his own people about and surely on his way out. Boris Johnson will be firm, polite and resolute.”
Another account said: “Emmanuel Macron should get his own house in order before telling others what to do. All the French riots continuing and his popularity so low. Who does he think he is.”
And another said: “Who is going to make us? Not Macron that’s for sure.”
OldDom said: “I hope Johnson doesn’t pay it.
“Theresa May was happy to oblige. What utter shambles her administration was for three years.”
Suzy said: “Emmanuel Macron needs to sort the civi unrest out on the streets of his capital city.”
Sam Thompson said: “We pay contributions until 31st October and not a penny more; EU like UK will require emergency budget to re-evaluate income and expenditure… we don’t keep giving them money so they can continue distributing it among themselves.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to lead the UK out of the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.
Mr Johnson is having lunch with Mr Macron today, August 22nd, and before this he warned the UK’s leader that Brexit could turn the UK into a vassal state of the US.
Mr Macron has made it clear that renegotiating the EU withdrawal agreement was “not an option”.
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The French president said: “The British are attached to being a great power, a member of the security council.
“The point can’t be to exit Europe and say ‘we’ll be stronger’, before in the end, becoming the junior partner of the United States, which are acting more and more hegemonically.
“Can the cost for Britain of a hard Brexit – because Britain will be the main victim – be offset by the United States of America? No.
And even if it were a strategic choice it would be at the cost of a historic vassalisation of Britain. I don’t think this is what Boris Johnson wants. I don’t think it is what the British people want. I don’t think it’s the will of the British people … to become the junior partner of the US.”
The Institute for Government think tank says refusing to pay could lead to a legal challenge.
It says: “The EU might seek redress through the International Court of Justice or the Permanent Court of Arbitration, both located in The Hague.”
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