Sunday, February 2, 2020

Emmanuel Macron Labels Brexit a Historic Alarm Signal

Bidding a sad adieu to the first country to leave the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron (right) called Brexit a “historic alarm signal” that should force the European Union to improve itself. 

He insisted that European citizens “more than ever” need a united Europe, to defend their interests in the face of superpowers China and the United States, and to cope with challenges like climate change, migration and technological upheaval. 

He slammed the “lies, exaggeration, simplifications,” that marked Britain's 2016 Brexit campaign, and said “we have, too often, made Europe a scapegoat for our own difficulties”. 

Maybe so, but let’s not pin the blame solely on the UK. 

Europe too must take responsibility for the divorce. It didn’t do enough to keep UK in its fold. The truth is both sides need each other.

Yesterday, Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 22 points as they unforgivingly dismantled Southampton in the second half at Anfield. 

The Saints must surely have regretted their missed chances – and the Reds with their relentless tenacity showed their mettle when it mattered most. 

Roberto Firmino produced two exquisite assists for ex-Southampton man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Reds skipper Jordan Henderson in the 47th and 60th minutes. 

The captain then turned provider as he he teed up Mohamed Salah for the well-taken third in the seventy-first minute, with Firmino then setting up Salah again nineteen minutes later. 

This victory means they have one hand firmly on the trophy and just seven wins from their remaining 13 games to guarantee success.

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