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Macron’s Victory In France Is Bad News For Theresa May

The sweeping election victory of Emmanuel Macron in France cannot come as good news for Britain and the looming Brexit negotiations.
Emmanuel Macron won 66.1 per cent of the vote Getty
 The EU will have sighed with relief that the far-right Marine Le Pen was roundly defeated, while at the same time welcoming the arch-Europhile Macron into the integrationist fold.

Macron has repeatedly stated that he was appalled by Brexit and that the UK must receive no favourable treatment in case it encourages other countries, like France, to head for the exit door.

A former finance minister in Hollande’s Socialist government, Macron knows how to twist the economic knife. Britain’s divorce bill, rumoured now to be approaching €100bn, is unlikely to be slashed by the new French President, who will now cement the old Franco-German alliance, which had collapsed under the weak and chaotic leadership of François Hollande.
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EU Day

Tomorrow, 9 May, events will take place across the European Union (EU) to mark Europe Day, an annual celebration of peace and unity across the continent.

Thousands of people will take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness of the EU. Celebrations will naturally be more muted here in the UK, as we embark on the process of leaving the EU.

Because the UK is embarking on the Brexit process, howevr, does not mean we should not celebrate the EU and its many achievements, the foundation of which the UK played a key role in.

The day is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the historical declaration 67 years ago on 9 May 1950 by the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, which marked the first move towards the creation of the European Union.

Its creation has proven to be highly successful in transforming a previously warring continent, the foundation of peace, stability and prosperity after centuries of bloodshed.

Since the Schuman Declaration nations across Europe have forged closer links and come together to reach common solutions to common problems, keeping the peace and enhancing our collective security.

The EU gives the freedom to live, study, work or retire in 27 other EU countries and many millions from the UK have taken advantage of this. EU migration to our shores has in turn benefited our economy and society.

 Being able to trade with our EU partners via a single market of over half a billion consumers, unfettered by tariffs and trade barriers, is also essential to many Scottish businesses.

It does no harm in being reminded what we have enjoyed, the precious gift of more than 60 years of peace, stability and prosperity in a previously war ravaged continent.

The EU has on the whole proven to be a success story, and in leaving it we are rowing against the tide of history.

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