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Should UK consider joining Macron’s new European club? VOTE

Macron says that the EU is ‘stronger’ following Brexit

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Prime Minister Liz Truss could sign the UK up to a new political “club of nations” next month. But would this be the right move for the country? Vote in our poll. French President Emmanuel Macron is founding a European Political Community (EPC) as a “new space” for co-operation, with the first meeting due to be held in Prague at the start of October. Ms Truss’s spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister wants to see more details before giving her view.”

The EPC would involve the EU countries, and neighbouring nations including Ukraine, Moldova and Balkan states.

If the UK were to sign up for the initiative, it could help Ms Truss repair strained relations with the EU since Brexit.

Mr Macron proposed the idea in May and suggested that security, energy, transport and freedom of movement should be discussed.

In a speech at the Conference on the Future of Europe, he introduced the idea: “It is our historic obligation … to create what I would describe before you today as a European Political Community.

“This new European organization would allow democratic European nations that subscribe to our shared core values to find a new space for political and security cooperation, cooperation in the energy sector, in transport, investments, infrastructures, the free movement of persons and in particular of our youth.

“Joining it would not prejudge future accession to the European Union necessarily, and it would not be closed to those who have left the EU.

“It would bring our Europe together, respecting its true geography, on the basis of its democratic values, with the desire to preserve the unity of our continent and by preserving the strength and ambition of our integration.”

Brexiteer Mark Francois has warned that the UK should have “nothing to do” with Mr Macron’s project.

The Tory MP told Express.co.uk earlier this week: “Non, merci! As a country, we did not spend nearly five years of arguing, from the 2016 referendum to finally departing the EU in early 2020, only to commence rejoining the organisation, all over again, just under a different guise.

“President Macron’s federalist ambitions are already an open secret right across Europe and we should have nothing to do with them.”

Director of the Centre for European Reform think-tank, Charles Grant, said that French officials had told him that the British participating in the Prague summit would help UK-France relations.

He said: “Macron thinks this is really important for discussing strategic issues and he wants the British to take part. The French say that the Brits can help to shape how the EPC emerges.”

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Ms Truss and Mr Macron held their first bilateral meeting on Tuesday at the  United Nations Assembly in New York.

Following the meeting, Downing Street said the pair wanted to “strengthen” their relationship.

So what do YOU think? Should the UK consider joining Mr Macron’s new European club? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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