express– Eric Zemmour, a right-wing analyst and outspoken critic of the European Union, offered his frank assessment during an appearance on French television broadcaster CNEWS. Mr Zemmour, who has courted controversy with remarks about race, feminism and sexuality, said: “What happened?
“The British have obtained access to the European single market without tariffs. First victory.
“Second victory: they don’t have to apply the European law or listen to the European Court of Justice.
“And third victory: they have the right to control the movement of people.
“I would say this is a total victory for the English.
“Of course there are nuances, and they have to respect this and that, but in principle, it is a total victory for the English.”
Referring to a nationwide vote which saw France refuse to ratify the European Constitution, he added: “We must pay tribute to the English elites who have shown that they can respect the popular vote and democracy unlike the French elites who trampled on the results of the 2005 referendum.”
Tellingly, he added: “England just gave credit again to the Frexit theory.”
Nathalie Loiseau, an MEP and member of Mr Macron’s En Marche party, who was previously French Minister for European Affairs. took to Twitter to post: “There is a little more than ‘nuances’.
“In order not to risk customs tariffs in addition to the controls that have just been put in place, the UK will have to follow the rules.
“In addition, its financial services are excluded from the agreement.
“Eric Zemmour does not know what he is talking about, but he is talking.”
Mr Zemmour subsequently returned to the subject on Twitter, declaring: “Brexit: This is a terrible lesson for the European Union.
“Negotiators wanted to punish England to prevent others from leaving the EU.
“There will be political consequences. This is just the beginning.”
During his televised New Year’s Eve address to the nation, Mr Macron offered a glimpse of the bitterness he feels at the UK’s decision to quit the bloc.
He said: “This evening, for the first time, a country – the United Kingdom – is leaving the European Union.
“A few days ago, we reached an agreement to organise our future relations, defending our interests, our industries, our fishermen and our unity.
“The United Kingdom remains our neighbour but also our friend and ally.
“This choice of leaving Europe, this Brexit, was the child of European malaise and lots of lies and false promises.
“I want to tell you very clearly this evening, our destiny is first of all in Europe.
“Our sovereignty is national and I will do everything to ensure we remain the masters of our destiny and our lives.
“But this sovereignty also acts through the stronger, more autonomous and more united EU that we have built in 2020.”