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Emmanuel Macron makes major Brexit U-turn and warns ‘Europe could die’



The French President Emmanuel Macron has issued a warning that “Europe could die”, and to combat this the continent should form closer ties with the UK – despite Brexit.

He also warned the the bloc should not become “a vassal of the US” and dependent on their military might following any Russian aggression.

Speaking at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he said: “There is a risk our Europe could die. We are not equipped to face the risks.

“Europe must show that it is never a vassal of the United States and that it also knows how to talk to all the other regions of the world.”

He added: “Our Europe, today, is mortal and it can die. It can die and this depends only on our choices.”

“Over the next decade… the risk is immense of (Europe) being weakened or even relegated,” he continued.

“There is no defence without a defence industry…we’ve had decades of under-investment.

“We must produce more, we must produce faster, and we must produce as Europeans.”

The French President planned his speech on strategic and geopolitical issues in Europe, including defence, the economy, protecting the environment and safeguarding democracy, his advisers said.

Russia’s war in Ukraine, now in its third year, remained on of the main themes of the speech Macron delivered in Paris.

France has been a firm supporter of Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression, and Macron has often clashed with other Western leaders as he has insisted that Europe must stand by the country at any cost.

Last month, the French leader alarmed European leaders by saying that sending Western troops into Ukraine to shore up its defences shouldn’t be ruled out.

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