Amusing news from France as Michel Barnier has been knocked out of the Republican primary race in the first round, coming third with 23.8% of the vote:
Maybe we should try voting again in the hope he gets the right result next time round?
After the long-running speculation was all-but confirmed yesterday afternoon, Michel Barnier has launched a bid to become the next President of France. While we knew he would aim for the centre-right Republican’s candidacy, Barnier’s gone in hard on immigration, promising to “limit and have control over immigration”. Has he signed up for Cummings’ Substack consultancy services?
“In these grave times, I have taken the decision and have the determination to stand… and be the president of a France that is reconciled, to respect the French and have France respected”
Specifically, Barnier would implement a five-year ban on immigration and, unbelievably, “reform the EU” to curb regulations and bureaucracy. We’re through the looking glass now, mes ami…
Michel Barnier tells the European Parliament ahead of the ratification of the Brexit deal…
“This is a divorce. It’s a warning, Brexit, and it’s a failure – a failure of the European Union. And we have to learn lessons from it as politicians here in the European Parliament, in council, in the Commission, in all of the capitals. Why did 52% of the British vote against Europe? There are reasons for that – social anger and tension which existed in many regions in the UK but also in many regions of the EU. Our duty is to listen and understand the feelings of the people.”
In his last speech representing the European Commission, last night the EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier made a final plea to his colleagues to end the bloc’s vaccine war with the UK and establish a more cooperative relationship. Speaking at the Churchill Europe Symposium on Wednesday, Barnier said:
“It is true that the UK has a quicker vaccination rate compared to the EU. But the fight against COVID 19 is more than speed of vaccination, important as that is… We will all find strong and weaker points in how we managed this. But there is no place, in such a serious situation, for polemics and competition. There are so many more reasons to cooperate, in the short and the long term.”
Unfortunately, it seems nobody in Brussels was paying attention. Today the EU has once again threatened to suspend exports of the AstraZeneca jab to the UK unless the company delivers the vaccines manufactured within the EU to its member countries first, with internal market commissioner Thierry Breton claiming “there is nothing to negotiate” and that “the doses must stay in Europe“. Meanwhile Pfizer warns new EU rules about the free movement of goods across borders are damaging its ability to export the vaccine….