The leader of Les Patriotes in France blasted the latest attempt by Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orban and others to forge an alliance with the aim of radically reforming the EU. Mr Philippot rubbished the idea the Brussels bloc could ever be reformed into an acceptable union, and called on French voters to refrain from believing in such pledges.
He said: “On the EU our sacred duty is to fight for our sovereignty, our total and real freedom.
“That is to say Frexit!
“Any umpteenth promise of ‘reform’, of ‘change’ is a fallacious promise made by people who know they are lying!”
Mr Philippot’s rant comes as on Friday, MEPs from 16 parties and 15 EU states joined forces to declare “resistance” against a European superstate stripping nations of their sovereignty bit by bit. The so-called “declaration of values” was signed by all parties in the Identity and Democracy (ID), European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups and the unaffiliated Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.
In the declaration, the group of MEPs denounced the “overactivity” of the European institutions in what should remain member states’ competences.
In a stern warning to Brussels, they unanimously pledged to form a new resistance against the creation of the United States of Europe in favour of more respect for sovereign nations.
They wrote: “The use of political structures and law to create a European superstate and new forms of social structure is a manifestation of the dangerous and invasive social engineering of the past, which must prompt legitimate resistance.
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“We believe that consensus should remain the basic means of reaching a common position in the Union. Recent attempts to circumvent this procedure or ideas of its abolition threaten to exclude some countries from influence on decision-making and to transform the Union into a special form of oligarchy.
“This could lead to the de facto incapacitation of national constitutional bodies, including governments and parliaments, reduced to the function of approving decisions already taken by others.
“In the member countries there is still an overwhelming will to cooperate, and a spirit of community and friendship pervades nations and societies of our continent.
“It is our great capital. A reformed Union will make use of this capital, whereas a Union that rejects reform will squander it.
“That is why today we turn to all parties and groups who share our views with this document as a base for a cultural and political common work, respecting the role of the current political groups.
“Let us together reform the Union for the future of Europe!”
Parties from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finlandia, Poland, the Netherlands, Greece and Romania, Lithuania and Hungary signed the document.