Macron in plea for EU reform as ?he attacks Brexit ‘anger mongers’

French President Emmanuel Macron has torn into Brexiteers, calling them “anger-mongers backed by fake news” whose “lies and irresponsibility” have thrown the whole of Europe into danger.

French President Emmanuel Macron. Picture: Ludovic Marin, POOL via AP

Mr Macron urged the rest of Europe to “stand firm, proud and lucid in the face of this manipulation” as he launched a plea for reform of the EU, which he said had never been “in so much danger”.

Mr Macron’s attack on Eurosceptics came in a 1,600-word comment piece that has been translated into 22 languages and has been published in newspapers in each of the EU’s 28 member countries.

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“The trap lies not in being part of the European Union; the trap is in the lie and the irresponsibility that can destroy it,” he said .“Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future? Who spoke to them about losing access to the EU market? Who mentioned the risks to peace in Ireland of restoring the border? Retreating into nationalism offers nothing; it is rejection without an alternative.”

Among his proposed reforms were a “rethink” of the Schengen area of free movement, the creation of a common border force and a treaty on defence and security.

Meanwhile, European Council president Donald Tusk has suggested “external anti-European forces” tried to subvert the 2016 referendum.