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Emmanuel Macron has branded Brexit an 'irresponsible lie', calling it Europe's worst crisis since World War II.
In his most ferocious attack on Brexit to date, the French President said Britain's withdrawal was peddled by 'anger mongers and fake news' and 'offers nothing'.
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Macron published his open letter in 22 EU languages and shared it on his Twitter feed just weeks before Britain leaves the 28-member union.
His intervention comes as Theresa May battles to win concessions from EU leaders including Macron in order to persuade Parliament to back a withdrawal deal before March 29.
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The 41-year-old French leader, who has faced months of protests against his government, wrote the letter in a bid to rally support ahead of European Parliament elections later this year.
He said: 'Never, since the Second World War, has Europe been as essential. Yet never has Europe been in so much danger.
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'Brexit stands as the symbol of that. It symbolises the crisis of Europe, which has failed to respond to its peoples' needs for protection from the major shocks of the modern world.
'It also symbolises the European trap. The trap is not being part of the European Union. The trap is in the lie and the irresponsibility that can destroy it.
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'Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future? Who spoke to them about losing access to the European market? Who mentioned the risks to peace in Ireland of restoring the former border?
'Nationalist retrenchment offers nothing; it is rejection without an alternative.
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'And this trap threatens the whole of Europe: the anger mongers, backed by fake news, promise anything...
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