French president Emmanuel Macron has said Brexit could be stopped ‘for sure’.
Adding to his previous criticism of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, he said that the issue was much more complicated than Leave voters realised and that Brussels would welcome back Britain if it changed its mind.
Speaking at a climate meeting in New York, Mr Macron was asked whether the bloc would “have the UK back” if it changed its mind about Brexit.
“For sure,” he told Bloomberg.
However, the French leader insisted he did not want get involved in the debate surrounding a second vote on the issue of Brexit.
He said: “I’m not the one to decide such a move and I do respect the choice of British voters. So I don’t want to interfere.”
Mr Macron sparked the ire of Eurosceptics earlier this month when he accused Brexiteers of being ‘liars’.
Macron told a news conference: “Those who explain that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, and that it’s going to bring a lot of money home are liars. They left the next day so they didn’t have to manage it.”
Debates over Brexit continue to dominate the UK news agenda two years after the public voted to leave the European Union.
And President Macron’s comments came as former British foreign minister Boris Johnson published his alternative vision for Brexit, branding Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan a ‘moral and intellectual humiliation’, in a 4,500-word column in the Telegraph.
The government is trying to force through its Chequers plan, which would see the UK remain closely aligned with the European Union in trade, but this has been dismissed by some within the Conservative party and Brussels.
Mr Johnson’s article was published just days before the annual Conservative Party conference, which takes place next week.
At the same time, the Labour Party has threatened to vote down any deal Mrs May comes up with, which could eventually force a second vote or even a General Election.
The issue was also raised again on BBC’s Question Time on Thursday when an audience member was applauded for asking for a second vote, claiming she was lied to in the original referendum.