Why we left! French politician turns on EU as he hails Brexit for ending UK austerity hell

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Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech earlier this week, François Asselineau said Brexit has enabled Britain to end austerity. Unshackled from the EU, Britain has found it possible to pump money into the sectors most in need of financial support, he added.

Mr Asselineau celebrated the fact that on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak “presented ‘the most generous budget of the early part of this century’”.

Breaking from a period of stringent cutbacks and lower departmental investment, Mr Sunak has announced a ginormous spending boost.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg summed up this new era in an appearance on BBC Newscast.

She said: “This is a high spending, high taxing Government with a high spending, high taxing Chancellor.”

For Mr Asselineau, none of this would have been possible were Britain still a member of the EU.

“Thanks to Brexit, the endless budgetary austerity ends and the public health system gets massive money,” he said on Twitter.

Mr Asselineau is a senior civil servant and the leader of his own Popular Republican Union party.

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He stood as a candidate in the 2017 presidential election, campaigning for “Frexit” a year after Britain voted to leave the EU.

He came in ninth place in this election, but hopes to receive more support in next year’s race.

His position on the EU is much more firm than that of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Rally party, who would rather see nations in the EU join together to “radically modify” the bloc than see France leave altogether, according to Euro News.

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Commenting on a recent meeting between Le Pen and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Mr Asselineau said that such alliances will not change the EU because its treaties can only be “changed unanimously”.

He has also expressed his belief that “the likelihood of Polexit is growing”, in light of a dispute over a ruling in Poland that undermines the EU’s legal foundation.

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal recently voted to take the word of the Polish Constitution over that written in EU law, leaving Brussels officials “reeling”.

Mr Asselineau rejoiced at Poland’s snubbing of the EU’s demand to pay one million euros a day in fines for ignoring its orders.

“The well-known patriotic intransigence of the Poles” means the country is unlikely to back down, he said on Twitter.

But European officials will never compromise, “except to give the signal for the general stampede of the EU”.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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