Ex-French president Hollande says EU door ‘shut to Britain for good’

The door to the European Union is now closed to Britain and Europeans should not accept any attempt to reverse Brexit, according to former French president Francois Hollande. He said in an interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph published on Thursday: “It’s shut. The vote has taken place and nobody can question it.” Dismissing attempts by the Remain camp to do so, Hollande added that “One cannot open a negotiation thinking that there is any way out other than leaving.” The worst thing, he said, would be for overly long discussions on Brexit “to prevent the EU from moving forward and for doubt to set in about the irrevocable nature of Brexit.” The former Socialist leader has recently come out of self-imposed silence to promote his memoirs and step up his criticism of his successor, Emmanuel Macron, Reuters said.