Brexit under threat: Macron set for landslide victory that may drastically alter EU exit

Emmanuel Macron on campaign trail and Theresa May

Emmanuel Macron is facing election success while Theresa May faces chaos (Reuters)

 

EMMANUEL Macron is on course for another landslide win as voting on Sunday opened in parliamentary elections that will have huge implications for Brexit.

According to final opinion polls, the 39-year-old head of state’s Republique En Marche! (REM) party could win between 395 and 425 seats in the National Assembly.

If the CEVIPOF-Le Monde figures prove correct, this would be far above the 289 needed to secure an absolute majority.

And the result could prove a huge advantage for the fiercely pro-EU Mr Macron in the run up to Brexit negotiations.

Mr Macron previously described the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union as “a crime”, and insisted: “The EU will be united in Brexit negotiations.”

But he also said he would rather see a so-called Hard Brexit – including UK leaving the European Single Market – rather than conceding advantages to the exiting state.

On the campaig trail he said: “If your Government decides to organise a Brexit, I will be pretty tough on it,” he told Channel 4 in February.

“We have to preserve the rest of the European Union and not to convey the message that you can decide to leave without any consequences.”

While in the UK, chaos ensues after British Prime Minister failed to pull off her election gamble – actually losing seats.

No majority government emerged following last Thursday’s General Election, and Mrs May has been forced to begin talks with the hardline DUP in order to ensure her minnority Tory government can push forward with a successful government.

The move has proved extremely controversial and Mrs May has faced damning calls to resign.

Full article: Brexit under threat: Macron set for landslide victory that may drastically alter EU exit (Express)

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