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According to Macron, Brexit is the product of "lies and false promises".


Emmanuel Macron sparked anger today when he claimed that Brexit was the product of "lies and false promises" in a bitter broadside of Britain's exit from the EU.

The French President proposed the UK's decision to leave the bloc on the night it finally took place, more than four years after the Brexit referendum.

He used his New Year's address to his nation to criticize Britain's choice to be alone after negotiating a trade deal that could harm the French fishing fleet – and its hold in power.

In the address at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Mr Macron questioned the strength of Britain's sovereignty after leaving the European Union.

"A few days ago we made an agreement to organize our future relationships, to defend our interests, our industries, our fishermen and our unity," he said in a video address, "he said.

& # 39; The UK remains our neighbor, but also our friend and ally. This decision to leave Europe, this Brexit, was the child of European malaise and many lies and false promises. & # 39;

The video address came after his father, Jean-Michel Macron (70), spoke publicly about his son for the first time since taking office in 2017 and denounced him as a "self-serving" politician.

Mr Macron's outbreak came as a new era of trade with the European Union began smoothly, when trucks rolled into the ports of Dover and Dublin, ferries left for France, and Eurotunnel officials greeted the first truck into the UK just after midnight.

Drivers with the correct documentation – and a negative Covid test – were waved into Eurotunnel trains with little delay after 11 p.m. GMT as the freight ran seamlessly between the UK and France after four years of preparation.

Traffic is expected to be light on weekends on public holidays before ramping up on Monday.

The Brexiteer Tory MP, Peter Bone, criticized the statements of the French President and told MailOnline: “The biggest democratic event in my life, the EU referendum, voted more people than ever before in the UK.

“There was a real debate on a specific topic, it wasn't partisan, it was bipartisan and people were talking. I think President Macron doesn't like democracy. "

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried today to start 2021 on an optimistic note, insisting that it could be a year of change and hope after the 2020 horror show.

He said Brexit meant good times might be on the horizon, along with hopes that new vaccines will pay for the coronavirus.

He even claimed that leaving the EU more than four years after the referendum "marked the end of the heated argument over" Europe "that has weighed on our politics for so long".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried today to start 2021 on an optimistic note, insisting that it could be a year of change and hope after the 2020 horror show

This is the historic moment when the first truck to leave the UK after the Brexit trade deal arrived in Calais just after midnight

This is the historic moment when the first truck to leave the UK after the Brexit trade deal arrived in Calais just after midnight

French President Emmanuel Macron, in an annual address delivered hours after his father was denounced, explained how Brexit is the product of "lies and false promises"

French President Emmanuel Macron, in an annual address delivered hours after his father was denounced, explained how Brexit is the product of "lies and false promises"

What they said: Tory Brexiteers and Nigel Farage are reacting to the end of the transition period

Former Ukip Guide Nigel Farage: “It is a great moment in our national history and the end of a very long road for tens of thousands of us who have fought against the establishment.

“We celebrated on January 31st when we left the European Union – tonight we are leaving the internal market and the customs union.

“Yes we will spare Northern Ireland and our fishermen a thought, but this is a moment to celebrate 2021 as an independent UK. It's a shame the pubs aren't open. & # 39;

Sir Bill Cash: "The victory is a victory for democracy and sovereignty, and it is a momentous moment that, by historical standards, can only be compared in peacetime to the late 1680s and 90s."

That was the removal of the Stuarts, but followed by the new parliamentary constitutional regulations enacted by the inheritance law with the Hanoverians on the throne.

"But followed by the development of modern democracy, which, apart from the war, was only broken with regard to possible threats of conquest, but was actually only disturbed by our accession to the European Community in the wrong prospectus in 1972."

Sir John Redwood: “I never doubted that we would win the referendum. I have argued that we are good Europeans by turning away from their mighty task of creating the United States of Europe.

“We should wish them well and be friends with them, but the fact that Britain had refused to join the euro showed where our hearts were – with the world and with national democracy.

“Today I am very relieved that our country has been open to our friends in Europe and has clearly stated that we want to govern ourselves while being good friends and allies of them.

"I look forward to 2021 as a year of strong economic recovery, where we can begin to capitalize on the new freedoms and opportunities now open to the global UK."

Mark Francois, Chairman of the European Research Group on Tory-Brexiter: “Tonight we have the opportunity to wave goodbye to both 2020 and the EU within an hour.

"After a really terrible year and a great struggle for our freedom, it's a wonderful example of a purchase, a free one."

Peter Bone: “It was a very long campaign and we were no longer seen as strange people wanting to leave this wonderful European Union by the establishment that has always held that view, but to be able to campaign and get people's support that Defeat establishment.

Mr Macron, who has big ambitions for greater EU integration, launched the attack days after he was accused of maintaining a Brexit deal on fishing requirements.

The French President has been accused of applying a UK cargo ban to prevent the mutated Kent strain of the coronavirus from entering France in an attempt to escalate tensions in Brexit negotiations.

He used his address to defend France's slow adoption of coronavirus vaccines during the Ice Age and promised to accelerate the pace with faster vaccination for a wider range of healthcare workers starting next week.

Few hundred French people received vaccines in France after the EU regulator approved the German-made Pfizer Biontech shot more slowly than US and UK regulators. Almost a million people received the Pfizer shot in the UK.

Mr Macron assured France was "first and foremost in Europe" and added: "I will do everything I can to ensure that we remain masters of our fate and our lives."

"However, this sovereignty also affects the stronger, more autonomous and more united EU that we built in 2020."

Commentators have noted that Mr Macron's father is irritated by the way the French head of state portrayed his maternal grandmother, school teacher Germaine Noguès, as the woman who developed his intellect rather than his parents.

Jean-Michel is a professor of neurology at the University of Picardy and divorced from Macron's mother, Françoise Noguès, who is also a doctor.

Ms. Nogues and Macron's wife Brigitte, 67, are also known to be friendly, but the French president rarely talks about his parents.

In an interview with Le Monde, Jean Michel condemned the "narcissism" of French politics and criticized Emmanuel for having himself photographed in glossy magazines.

He said: & # 39; Emmanuel is a great actor, a seducer. It's useful in politics.

"Emmanuel is able to draw from anyone who could serve him."

The UK left the EU at 11 p.m. yesterday evening, four and a half years after the British voted 52 to 48 percent ahead of the June 2016 referendum called by then Prime Minister David Cameron.

The chimes of Big Ben rang at 11 p.m. – midnight on the continent – and marked the exit of Great Britain from the EU internal market and the customs union.

In his New Year's message, Boris Johnson, who played a key role in winning the holiday campaign in the referendum, welcomed the UK's departure and called it "an amazing moment". He added that Britain now has "freedom in our hands" and "it is up to us to make the most of it".

Regarding the end of the Brexit transition period, the Prime Minister said that in 2021 Britain would be "free to do things differently and possibly better than our friends in the EU".

Mr. Johnson stated in his message: “This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it. & # 39;

According to the post-Brexit agreement concluded on Christmas Eve, the EU will only give up 25 percent of the value of fish caught in British waters – with a transition period of five and a half years instead of 80 percent over three years originally required by Great Britain.

French fisheries bosses welcomed the deal after fearing no deal because they would have been locked out of British waters.

The drivers smiled and waved to the customs officers who digitally checked their documents before taking the train across the 31 miles between Folkestone and Calais last night. In France, the first trucks were picked up by the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart.

In his New Years video address from the Elysee Palace in Paris, Mr. Macron questioned the strength of Britain's sovereignty after leaving the European Union

In his New Years video address from the Elysee Palace in Paris, Mr. Macron questioned the strength of Britain's sovereignty after leaving the European Union

Jean-Michel Macron (pictured in 2017 with his ex-wife and Macron's mother Francoise Nogues-Macron) spoke publicly about his son for the first time since taking office in 2017, denouncing him as a "self-serving" politician

Jean-Michel Macron (pictured in 2017 with his ex-wife and Macron's mother Francoise Nogues-Macron) spoke publicly about his son for the first time since taking office in 2017, denouncing him as a "self-serving" politician

Economy recovering fastest since World War II, rising 8% in 2021

The UK economy will grow the fastest since World War II this year as it recovers from Covid, experts predict today.

National income is expected to rise by 8 percent in 2021 – fueled by savings of billions that the British are eager to spend.

The Brexit deal should give the economy a further boost in the coming months.

The bullish forecast comes the day the UK starts a new trade relationship with the EU.

The Center for Business and Corporate Research said the economy would benefit from vaccines, the Brexit deal and Donald Trump's exit from the White House.

Signs of optimism have been evident since the Brexit deal on Christmas Eve and were bolstered this week by the approval of the Oxford vaccine. The pound ended 2020 at a high and hit its strongest level of the year against the dollar.

And the FTSE 100 ended the year 23 percent from its low in March – though it's still 14 percent lower than 12 months ago.

The first ferries between Calais and Dover and the UK and Ireland also arrived without delays as the UK finally pulled out of EU rules at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, just a day after MEPs voted on the last minute deal, which Boris Johnson had completed with the block to avoid a no deal Brexit.

UK Ambassador to France Lord Llewellyn said things went "smoothly" when the post-Brexit agreements went into effect.

He visited the port of Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal to see the situation on site.

However, there were reports that a small number of trucks were unable to board Ireland at Holyhead because they did not have the correct documentation.

The seismic eruption came almost four and a half years after the British voted 52 to 48 percent ahead of the June 2016 referendum, convened by then Prime Minister David Cameron.

Big Ben hit at 11 p.m. when the Prime Minister is said to have marked the occasion with his family on Downing Street.

Celebrations have been dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, but Eurosceptic MPs who were once derided as fringe eccentrics on the fringes of the Conservative Party were delighted.

Sir Bill Cash said it was a "victory for democracy and sovereignty" while Sir John Redwood said he looked forward to "capitalizing on the new freedoms and opportunities now open to global Britain".

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who played a key role in the 2016 referendum, said: “Yes we are sparing Northern Ireland and our fishermen a thought, but this is a moment to celebrate 2021 as an independent UK. It's a shame the pubs aren't open. & # 39;

In his New Years message, Mr Johnson, who played a vital role in winning the holiday campaign in the referendum, welcomed the UK's departure and called it "an amazing moment". He added that Britain now has "freedom in our hands" and "it is up to us to make the most of it".

Regarding the end of the Brexit transition period, the Prime Minister said that in 2021 Britain would be "free to do things differently and possibly better than our friends in the EU".

The separation came when the port of Dover was shown completely free of traffic immediately after Brexit for fear of queues and traffic is expected to increase again on Monday.

Boris Johnson signed his Brexit trade deal with the EU when he dropped the curtain on four years of controversy over Britain's separation from Brussels

Boris Johnson signed his Brexit trade deal with the EU when he dropped the curtain on four years of controversy over Britain's separation from Brussels

The first cross-channel ferry runs from Dover to Port of Dover in the direction of France after the end of the Brexit transition period

The first cross-channel ferry runs from Dover to Port of Dover in the direction of France after the end of the Brexit transition period

A police officer manned the entrance to the port of Dover in south east England on January 1, where he is checking to see if the drivers have any documentation showing a negative Covid-19 test

A police officer manned the entrance to the port of Dover in south east England on January 1, where he is checking to see if the drivers have any documentation showing a negative Covid-19 test

Nicola Sturgeon urges the EU to "keep the lights on" and says Scotland will be "back soon" when the transition period to Brexit comes to an end

Nicola Sturgeon defiantly urged the European Union to stop the lights on an independent Scotland when Brexit finally happened.

The Scottish First Minister, who wants a new independence referendum, said her nation will be "back soon" if Britain leaves the bloc after more than 40 years.

Membership in the internal market and the customs union expired at 11 p.m. – four and a half years after the in-out referendum that wanted to solve the problem but caused political turmoil.

The bells of Big Ben were rung when Britain left both the EU single market and the customs union.

The chimes of Big Ben rang at 11 p.m. – midnight on the continent – and marked the exit of Great Britain from the EU internal market and the customs union.

SNP chairwoman Ms. Sturgeon, who strongly opposes Brexit, wrote on Twitter: “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on & # 39;

It came when Hardcore Remainer insisted that the EU re-entry campaign should begin immediately.

Nicola Sturgeon urged the European Union to "keep the lights on" and said Scotland will be "back soon" when the Brexit transition period ends on Thursday.

Nicola Sturgeon urged the European Union to "keep the lights on" and said Scotland will be "back soon" when the Brexit transition period ends on Thursday.

Scottish Prime Minister Miss Sturgeon, who strongly opposes Brexit, wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on & # 39;

Scottish Prime Minister Miss Sturgeon, who strongly opposes Brexit, wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on & # 39;

Labor peer and former minister Lord Adonis tweeted: "The campaign to restore Europe begins today."

Ms. Sturgeon will vote in Holyrood in May and is expecting an overwhelming majority for the SNP, which will increase pressure on Boris Johnson to allow a new independence referendum, which he opposes.

The nation voted 45-55 to remain in the UK in 2014, but recent opinion polls show a majority in favor of split.

In contrast to their praise for Brussels, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross issued an optimistic New Year's message.

"As the bells ring at midnight to mark the beginning of 2021, we should rejoice with hope," he said.

"If we unite as a country instead of trying to reopen old constitutional wounds, we can rebuild a better and better future."

Ms. Sturgeon's latest hint of her urge to move forward with Scotland and an independent country came after she devastated Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Christmas Day.

Miss Sturgeon said it was time for Scotland to "plan our own future as an independent European nation".

She said Britain's departure was against her will and accused the Prime Minister of "cultural vandalism" of terminating the Erasmus program, which allows students to study in Europe.

"Scotland didn't vote for any of these and our position is clearer than ever," she said.

“Scotland now has the right to choose its own future as an independent country and to regain the benefits of EU membership.

"It is believed that in the midst of a pandemic and economic recession, Scotland has been driven out of the EU's single market and customs union, with all the damage to jobs that will ensue."

In contrast to their praise for Brussels, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross issued an optimistic New Year's message

In contrast to their praise for Brussels, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross issued an optimistic New Year's message

The bells of Big Ben were rung when Britain left both the EU single market and the customs union

The bells of Big Ben were rung when Britain left both the EU single market and the customs union

& # 39; A deal is better than no deal. But just because the UK government decided in the eleventh hour to abandon the idea of ​​a no-deal outcome shouldn't detract from the fact that they have opted for a hard Brexit that will undo so many benefits of EU membership power .

"And while we do not yet have full details of the nature of the deal, it seems that the British Government's great promises regarding fisheries have been broken and the extent of those broken promises will become clear to everyone very soon."

She said the majority of the people in Scotland voted to stay in the EU "but their views have been ignored".

The historic deal with the EU after Brexit on Christmas Eve came four years after 62 percent of the Scots supported remained in the 2016 referendum.

Miss Sturgeon added: “This is a far more difficult Brexit than could have been imagined in the EU referendum which damaged and disrupted the economy and society of this nation at its worst.

“We are doing everything we can to counter the effects of the UK government’s actions – but we cannot avert every negative outcome.

Her latest hint of her urge to move Scotland and an independent country forward came after she devastated Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Christmas Day

Her latest hint of her urge to move Scotland and an independent country forward came after she devastated Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Christmas Day

& # 39; We know companies are already grappling with the burden of Covid-19 and are now faced with the need to prepare for this hard Brexit in just over a week.

"We will do everything we can to help them, providing updated information and advice, and encouraging stakeholders, including businesses, to prepare."

Miss Sturgeon wrote on Twitter about the Erasmus program: “The economic costs of Brexit are rightly given a heavy focus.

"However, the end of UK participation in Erasmus, an initiative that has broadened the possibilities and horizons for so many young people, is cultural vandalism by the UK government."

Miss Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalist Party plans to vote in the Holyrood election next year to secure a new electoral mandate for a second independence referendum.

The first minister previously said that if Scotland opted for independence it would try to rejoin the EU.

However, the question remains whether an independent Scotland will be allowed to join the bloc.

The current monetary policy of the SNP – it tries to keep the pound sterling – contradicts the dictate of the EU that all new members must introduce the euro.

Membership would also mean relinquishing control over areas of policy such as fisheries and possible trade barriers with England.

It could also mean that a hard border is imposed between England and Scotland.

In his New Year's message, Mr Johnson, who played a pivotal role in winning the holiday campaign in the referendum, said: “This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it. & # 39;

In his New Year's message, Mr Johnson, who played a pivotal role in winning the holiday campaign in the referendum, said: “This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it. & # 39;

It remains to be seen whether the Brexit deal will increase support for Scottish independence.

In his New Year's message, Mr Johnson, who played a pivotal role in winning the holiday campaign in the referendum, said: & # 39; This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it. & # 39;

Regarding the end of the Brexit transition period, the Prime Minister said that in 2021 Britain would be "free to do things differently and possibly better than our friends in the EU".

He said the UK will work with partners around the world not just to tackle climate change, but to create the millions of high-quality jobs this country will need not only this year – 2021 – when we recover from Covid but in the years come & # 39 ;.

The Prime Minister added: "I think it will be the overwhelming instinct of the people of this country to come together as a United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland working together to express our values ​​around the world."

He concluded, “I think 2021 is primarily the year when we will eventually do the everyday things that now seem lost in the past. Bathed in a rosy glow of nostalgia, go to the pub, to concerts, theaters, restaurants or just hold hands with loved ones in the normal way.

“We are still a long way from that – tough weeks and months are ahead. But we can see this illuminated sign that marks the end of the journey, and more importantly, we can see with increasing clarity how we are going to get there. And that gives me so much confidence around 2021. & # 39;

With the new rules, free movement rights will end and while UK citizens can still travel for work or pleasure, there will be different rules.

Passports must be valid for more than six months, long stays may require visas or permits, pets require a health certificate, and drivers require additional documents.

The automatic right to live and work in the EU will also expire and the UK will no longer participate in the Erasmus student exchange program.

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