Le Pen has distanced herself from Merkel & believes Britain will benefit from Brexit
Speaking on Newsnight, the Front National leader reiterated her condemnation of Brussels and said the bloc will fail to make an example of Britain by imposing a tough separation deal.
She said: “The EU wants the divorce to be as painful as possible because they can feel that other nations in Europe want to leave this political structure.
The EU is shining with the light of a dead star
Marine Le Pen
“They don’t want a domino effect – blackmail didn’t work, ‘Project Fear’ didn’t work either, so they have to try and make the separation as painful as possible.
“Will they succeed? I don’t think so.”
Asked if she thinks it is possible for Britain to get a good deal from the EU after Brexit, the Front National leader responded: “Yes, I think so.
Things you didn't know about Marine Le Pen Mon, February 20, 2017
Marine Le Pen is a French politician who is the president of the National Front, a national-conservative political party in France and one of its main political forces.
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Described as more democratic and republican than her nationalist father, she has led a movement of "de-demonization of the Front National" to detoxify it and soften its image
“It [Britain] will be led by the defence of its own best interests, and won’t be constrained by the ideology of the EU, which today prevents countries from protecting themselves from uncontrolled globalisation.”
Le Pen claimed the EU “is almost already over” and defended the fact she has not met a number of major European leaders, including Mrs Merkel.
Le Pen spoke to Emily Maitlis with just weeks to go until the first round of the French election
She said: “With Mrs Merkel things are very clear – we are in total opposition. I am the anti-Merkel – I am opposed to her economic policy, I am opposed to her monetary policy, I am opposed to her migrant policy.
“That doesn’t mean that if I am elected president I won’t go to talk to Mrs Merkel and defend France’s interests.”
Theresa May signed the doument to begin Brexit talks on Tuesday
Asked whether she felt their was still a toxicity surrounding the Front National party, she fired back: “Don’t you think Mrs Merkel is toxic for Europe? She let 1.5 million migrants in, isn’t that toxic? She imposes austerity to all the nations of Europe, isn’t that toxic?
“She’s increasingly isolated, because the policies I represent are the policies represented by Mr Trump and Mr Putin, and the British people made it clear they want to go in that direction.
Le Pen added: “The EU is shining with the light of a dead star… rather than waiting for it’s chaotic collapse, I suggest we organise its transformation to a Europe of nations while respecting the wishes of the European people.”