Tory Brexiteers fume at Macron’s plan for post-Brexit Britain to become part of new ‘EU-lite’

French President Emmanuel Macron was today mocked by Tory Brexiteers for trying to make post-Brexit Britain a ‘satellite of Brussels’ with his plans for a new ‘European political community’.

Speaking in the European Parliament, fresh from his re-election last month, the French President outlined his vision for a new EU-dominated organisation.

The proposal, which has been dubbed ‘EU-lite’, would include both members and non-members of the EU.

Mr Macron suggested Ukraine could become part of an outer ring of EU cooperation while it waits for full membership of the bloc.

In a reference to Britain, he also floated the possibility of ‘those who have left’ the EU becoming part of such an organisation.

However, the French President’s plans were quickly dismissed by Downing Street, who stressed there were no plans for the UK to join.

And they also prompted the ire of Conservative MPs who campaigned for Britain to quit the EU at the 2016 EU referendum.

Emmanuel Macron’s proposal, which has been dubbed ‘EU-lite’, would include both members and non-members of the EU

The French President set out his plans in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday

The French President set out his plans in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday

Boris Johnson's official spokesman said there were 'no plans' for the UK to join an EU-lite group, adding: 'We believe that post Brexit the UK is best placed to work in co-operation with our European partners'

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said there were ‘no plans’ for the UK to join an EU-lite group, adding: ‘We believe that post Brexit the UK is best placed to work in co-operation with our European partners’

David Jones MP

Andrew Bridgen MP

Mr Macron’s comments prompted the ire of Conservative MPs David Jones (left) and Andrew Bridgen

Ex-Brexit minister Lord Frost blasts mandarins who ‘regret’ EU vote  

Former Brexit Minister David Frost has blasted Foreign Office civil servants who still ‘regret’ Brexit, six years since the referendum.

 Appearing on GB News with Nigel Farage he said the anipathy toward leaving was ‘still there’ although it had weakened since 2016 as ‘people have got used to the idea’.

‘I think what people are finding hard now in the Government and in the civil service is, having to be in charge, when we were in the EU, you didn’t have to think,’ he said.

 ‘Now, all of a sudden, our destiny is in their own hands, and they’re hesitating a little bit, that’s probably underlining some of the issues we’ve got at the moment.’

Lord Frost, who was made a peer by Boris Johnson so he could become Brexit Secretary, also admitted he was ready to swap the House of Lords for the ‘real politics’ of the House of Commons today – but refused to stand in an upcoming by-election for the Tories. 

A vote is expected in the summer in the seat vacated by Neil Parish, who quit after being outed for watching pornography while in the Commons while surfing the internet on his phone for tractors. 

The peer, who has become an outspoken critic of former boss Boris Johnson over his handling of the economy, said: ‘I don’t think the Lords is a particularly brilliant place to do real politics from. I think you need to be in the Commons to do real politics, that’s obvious.’

Former Brexit minister David Jones told MailOnline that Mr Maron’s plans would be ‘received very badly in the UK’.

‘People didn’t vote to leave only to be stuck in the orbit of a sclerotic European Union,’ he said.

‘We are a nation with a global outlook, not a satellite of Brussels.’

Fellow Tory Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen pointed to Britain’s membership of NATO as of greater significance to Western security cooperation.

‘We are already members of another organisation that has guaranteed the security of European democracy for the last 70 years,’ he told MailOnline.

‘It’s called NATO and we are a major participant in it. France at times, not so much.’

Mark Francois, the chair of the European Research Group of Conservative eurosceptic MPs, told MailOnline: ‘The British people have not spent years wrenching themselves free of the overbearing EU, only to rejoin it, at the behest of President Macron.

‘His recent pandering to Vladimir Putin may also explain why the countries of Eastern Europe don’t favour his plans for an aggrandised EU either.’

Meanwhile, asked about Mr Macron’s comments, senior Conservative backbencher and long-time eurosceptic Peter Bone made use of a vomit emoji, adding: ‘Probably sums up my view on this idea.’

Downing Street said today there were ‘no plans’ for the UK to join an EU-lite group.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: ‘We believe that post Brexit the UK is best placed to work in co-operation with our European partners.’

In his speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday, the French President said  he was in favour of ‘creating what I would call a European political community’.

‘This new European organisation would allow democratic European nations adhering to our core values to find a new space for political cooperation, and security,’ he added.

‘Joining it would not prejudge future membership of the European Union, and it would not be closed to those who have left the latter.’

During a trip to Berlin later in the day, Mr Macron confirmed that Britain would be invited to ‘take its full place’ in the new community.

He admitted that Ukraine’s wish to join the EU could take decades, so the new organisation might act as a stop-gap measure.

‘Ukraine by its fight and its courage is already a heartfelt member of our Europe, of our family, of our union,’ said Mr Macron.

‘Even if we grant it candidate status tomorrow, we all know perfectly well that the process to allow it to join would take several years indeed, probably several decades.’

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