Starmer would work with the French hard right because ‘that’s what a serious government is’ – MKFM 106.3FM

Starmer would work with the French hard right because ‘that’s what a serious government is’ – MKFM 106.3FM

Sir Keir Starmer said he would be prepared to work with Marine Le Pen’s far-right party if she wins the French election, saying “that’s what a serious government is about”.

The National Rally (NR) has secured the largest share of the vote in the first round of the French parliamentary elections.

It puts an absolute majority within reach for the anti-immigration party, something that would then force French President Emmanuel Macron to appoint the first democratically elected far-right government in the country’s modern history.

Sir Keir has said that if that happens it would be “a lesson” for progressives, who need to respond better to disaffected voters.

Asked if he would be prepared to work with the NR if it wins the British election on Thursday, he said: “I will work with any government in Europe and around the world if we are elected to serve the country. For me, that is what a serious government is about.”

Sir Keir went on to say that a victory for the French Rassemblement National would not damage Labour’s position. goal to negotiate a “better deal”. with the European Union.

‘Bilaterals can be stronger and better’

Pressed on Ms Le Pen’s preference for bilateral deals over EU-wide agreements, Sir Keir said: “I have always supported both bilateral and EU-wide deals. They are not mutually exclusive.”

He said some of the agreements we have with France “are at least bilateral” and that they could be “stronger and better” – especially when it comes to tackling smuggling gangs. sending people across the Channel.

Asked whether he was concerned that a Eurosceptic French government could make his goal of closer economic ties more difficult, he added: “I really don’t want to get ahead of myself. First of all, we haven’t seen the final outcome in France yet. We also have an important outcome on Thursday.

‘I don’t think this affects the overall intention we have, which is to negotiate a better deal with the EU.

“I think the deal we have is screwed up. I think everyone who trades with the EU thinks it’s screwed up, and we can do better than that, not just on trade, but also on research and development, and also in the field of safety.”

Macron’s miscalculation

France has a semi-presidential system and these elections are for the 577 seats in the National Assembly.

The two-round vote means the final result may not be fully clear until next week, but if the NR comes out on top again it would force Mr Macron to become Ms Le Pen’s 28-year-old protégé and party leader. Jordan Bardella Prime Minister.

The French president and prime minister have only been members of different political parties three times in their history.

Mr Macron, who was elected in a separate presidential election, called the parliamentary elections early after his Renaissance party was decimated in the European elections by that of Mrs Le Pen.

The logic in his guess was that the country would repent and turn away from the radical politics of the extreme right, which is experiencing a revival throughout Europe.

Earlier on Monday, Sir Keir warned that failure to address disillusionment with British politics could lead to this happening here.

‘Only progressives have the answers’

Turning to the lessons he learned from the rise of nationalism and populism, the Labor Party leader said that “we need to pay attention to the everyday concerns of so many people in this country who feel dissatisfied with politics”.

‘We need to address that and we need to show both in the UK on Thursday and across Europe and the world that only progressives have the answers to the challenges we face in this country and across Europe.

“We need to pursue that progressive cause, but we also need to understand why people, particularly in the UK after 14 years of chaos and failure, feel disenchanted with politics. We need to put politics back in the service and continue to argue that politics is a force for good.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “focused on this election” when asked about his reaction to the National Rally’s strong turnout, and highlighted the government’s efforts to tackle illegal migration.

Starmer would work with the French hard right because ‘that’s what a serious government is’ – MKFM 106.3FM

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