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Maggie’s ex-nemesis Jacques ‘Up Yours’ Delors admits Brexit has plunged EU into ‘crisis’

THE EUROPEAN Union is in “crisis” following the UK’s historic Brexit vote, one of the bloc’s fiercest supporters has admitted.

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Ex-PM Margaret Thatcher infamously clashed with Jacques Delors


Jacques Delors, the former president of the European Commission, confessed the British public’s majority decision to quit the EU on June 23 is a “warning signal” for the 27 other member states.The French economist pushed through greater European integration and laid the foundations for the ailing euro single currency during his ten-year spell as Brussels’ top unelected official.

He was last year awarded the title Honorary Citizen of Europe for his lifelong contribution to the ‘European project’.

But Mr Delors, who infamously clashed with former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the late 1980s and early 1990s, has acknowledged there is now growing euroscepticism across the continent.

Describing a “time of crisis for European identity”, the 91-year-old called for a “younger generation” to “bring about a renewal of Europe”.In an article for the EurActiv website, Mr Delors wrote: “The result of the British referendum vote on the EU is only the latest in a series of serious crises in Europe in recent years.

“It is a warning signal that shows the need to hold an essential debate about how we can restore the values that founded Europe and even strengthen those values to combat the rise of nationalism, populism and anti-European sentiment.”

The result of the British referendum vote on the EU is only the latest in a series of serious crises in Europe in recent years.

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Mr Delors blasted current EU chiefs for their “increasingly narrow focus on economic growth” since he left office, as he urged Brussels to once again return to the bloc’s previous “achievements” of tackling “climate change, health and consumer protection, eradication of poverty and promotion of human rights”.He despaired at how such legislation is now widely-viewed as obstructive “red tape”.

Mr Delors said the national leaders of EU member states “must come forward with a new positive vision of Europe to re-engage with European citizens and regain their trust”.

The 27 heads of states of remaining EU members will gather for an informal summit later this month to discuss how to respond to Brexit, with Prime Minister Theresa May not invited to the gathering in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Mr Delors added: “For Europe to find new lease of life, careful attention should be paid to the younger generation, who in the UK and in the rest of Europe, share these values and feel European but no longer wish to engage as they have lost faith in traditional politics.”

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Mrs Thatcher and Mr Delors meet in Downing Street in 1984


The ex-French government minister was told ‘Up Yours Delors’ in a famed The Sun newspaper front page in 1990, following his attempts to force European federalism on the UK to Mrs Thatcher’s anger.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/709892/Brexit-EU-crisis-Jacques-Delors-Margaret-Thatcher-EU-referendum

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