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French leader says Brexit must happen

The latest after British PM's resignation

May 24, 2019 - 11:50 am

LONDON (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called on U.K. authorities to respect the verdict of the Brexit referendum and make the U.K. leave the European Union.

Le Pen, the leader of the anti-migrant, populist National Rally party, said Friday in a news conference in Henin-Beaumont, in northern France, that British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to quit "because she tried to bypass the will expressed by the British in the Brexit referendum."

She said that French politicians and media must not "teach morality lessons" to the British people who decided to leave the EU.

Polls suggest that Le Pen's party will be among France's top two vote-getters in the European parliament elections that are being held in the bloc until Sunday, along with French President Emmanuel Macron's party.