Europhile Clegg admits FINALLY that the EU is bound for DESTRUCTION

PRO-EUROPEAN politician Nick Clegg has said the European Union could be one step closer to its demise.

The Liberal Democrat claimed eurosceptic Marine Le Pen “clearly could” become France’s president, which would mean the European nation could be following Britain out of the Brussels exit.The leader of France’s Front National has been a long-term critic of the EU and during her campaign has pledged to citizens that she will hold a referendum on her country’s membership of the bloc.French euroscepticism has been fuelled by economic woes in the eurozone and the migrant crisis in Calais and other parts of . More than 60 per cent of citizens view the EU unfavourably, according to research by US think tank Pew Research Centre.

Pro-bloc foreign ministers of France, , Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands issued a joint statement soon after Britain’s historic vote, warning of the dangers of more of its key members also jumping ship.

Nick Clegg, Marine Le Pen, European UnionGETTY•BLOOMBERG

Nick Clegg conceded that if Marine Le Pen becomes French president, the EU may end

I hope that Marine Le Pen won’t win because I don’t believe pulling apart the EU is the answer

Nick Clegg

The statement read: “We are aware that discontent with the functioning of the EU as it is today much manifest in parts of our societies.“We take very seriously and are determined to make the EU work better for all of our citizens.”Speaking to Bloomberg, Mr Clegg said: “ clearly could become French president.

“All eyes will now turn to France. Since [Francois] Fillon’s problems – the whole issue about the money paid to his family – it’s clearly become a much more fluid race.

“As we saw last night she is an accomplished political performer. I think anyone that makes safe bets about what is going to happen in France.”

Marine Le PenGETTY

Support for the eurosceptic MEP is growing, as she leads voting polls in France

Moving onto the European Union, he continued: “Of course, I very, very much hope that Marine Le Pen won’t win because I don’t believe pulling apart the eurozone or European Union is remotely the answer for the many ardent supporters who believe Marine Le Pen is going a new panacea for them.”Ms Le Pen has extended her lead as the country’s most popular single candidate to five points, according to an ifop survey released on Thursday.The populist leader, a shock candidate for the French presidency, recorded 26 per cent of support from voters compared to 21 per cent for centrist Emmanuel Macron and just 18 per cent for scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon.

However, poll have consistently shown that while Ms Le Pen is expected to win the first round of the election, she is likely to be comprehensively defeated in the final vote.

Mr Clegg predicted the populist movement could soon come crashing down when angry voters have nowhere else to expel their “rage”.

“The long-term worry about populism is where does the rage go when people see the populist they invested so much hope in, is not delivering?” he said.“Better jobs, income, security – The worry is it just goes to even more extreme populists, who come up with even more implausible solutions.“That is why the urgency for centre-ground politicians and politics to get its act together is very, very great indeed.”

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