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The UK should not consider joining French President Emmanuel Macron’s new European club, according to a recent Express.co.uk readers’ poll. Macron is founding a new alliance of EU and non-EU states called the European Political Community (EPC) as a “new space” for international cooperation. Prime Minister Liz Truss could sign up the UK to join the new political ‘club of nations’ before the first meeting in Prague next month.

Ms Truss’s spokesperson said: ‘The Prime Minister wants to see more details before giving his opinion.

If Ms Truss signs up, the UK could improve its strained relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

Mr Macron proposed the idea in May and invited EU and neighboring countries – including the UK, Ukraine, Moldova and Balkan states – to get involved.

He suggested that the group could discuss issues related to security, energy, transport and freedom of movement.

In a speech at the Conference on the Future of Europe, he said: “It is our historic obligation…to create what I would describe before you today as a European political community.

He added: “It would bring our Europe closer, while respecting its true geography, on the basis of its democratic values, with the desire to preserve the unity of our continent and preserving the strength and ambition of our integration.

In a poll that ran from Saturday, September 24 at noon to Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m., Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should the UK consider joining Macron’s new European club?”

A total of 8,615 people voted with the vast majority, 91% (7,401 people) answering ‘no’, the UK should not consider joining the EPC.

A further eight percent (688 people) said ‘yes’ the UK should, while a further one percent (76 people) said they didn’t know.

From the hundreds of comments left under the accompanying article, it was clear that readers were not in favor of Mr Truss involving the UK in the EPC.

One reader, username Grimreaper commented: “No way, stay well clear.”

Username P23969595W said, “I think that would be a big mistake.”

Another, username Spikecfc, said: “Ridiculous proposal.”

And user name Worldwatcher wrote: ‘There is no economic, political, security or military benefit to the UK by joining or even being a recognized observer of such an organisation. Avoid Prime Minister Truss! »

Brexiteer Mark Francois warned earlier this week that the UK should have “nothing to do” with the new group.

He told Express.co.uk earlier this week: “No thanks! As a country, we haven’t spent nearly five years arguing, from the 2016 referendum to our final departure from the EU in early 2020, to beginning to join the organization, once again, under a different appearance.

“President Macron’s federalist ambitions are already an open secret across Europe and we should have nothing to do with it.”

However, the director of the Center for European Reform think tank, Charles Grant, said French officials had told him that British participation in the Prague summit would help Franco-British relations.

He said: “Macron thinks it’s really important to discuss strategic issues and he wants the British to be involved. The French say the British can help shape the emergence of the EPC.

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