The right-wing primary candidate for the 2022 presidential election returned to the controversy surrounding his criticism of European institutions, saying that “if we do not change anything, there will be other Brexits”.
The former Brexit negotiator and LR primary candidate Michel Barnier on September 15 rejected the criticisms after his statements on the need for France’s “legal sovereignty” in matters of immigration, arguing that “if we do not change anything, there will be other Brexits ”.
During the parliamentary days of the Republicans the previous week in Nîmes, the former European commissioner had aroused amazement by asserting that the country was “permanently threatened with a judgment or a conviction by the European Court of Justice or the Convention on Human Rights, or an interpretation of [sa] own judicial institution ”. Michel Barnier, whose role was unanimously hailed during negotiations between London and the EU, also promised, if elected, a referendum to allow France to regain its “freedom of maneuver” in immigration matters. .
“The cries of orchard slaying my proposal, I did not hear them when […] Emmanuel Macron directly calls into question a European directive on two-wheelers, ”he replies in an interview with Point. “It’s bad controversy, an agitation provoked by this or that macronist cell to defend the outgoing president. I was European before these people, I will be after; I have no lesson in European commitment to receive from them, any more than in national pride from Madame Le Pen, ”he adds.
No real reference to the issue of migratory flows in our Constitution
And to warn: “Those who think that Brexit is now behind us, the negotiations having been well conducted in the general opinion, we can continue business as usual are making a very serious mistake. If we don’t change anything, there will be other Brexits, ”he warned.
Michel Barnier, assuring to be attached to the European Court of Human Rights, believes however that “a lot of room is left to national and European case law in the interpretation of the texts”, because “there is no real reference to the issue of migratory flows in our Constitution ”, and reiterates its proposal for a“ moratorium ”on extra-European immigration for a period of three to five years.
In the meantime, “we must review all the procedures on the implementation of the right to asylum, family reunification, the allocation of residence permits, expulsions”, and France must negotiate with its European partners “on the functioning of Schengen” and with “the countries of economic or ecological emigration”.