European Council President Donald Twit, sorry, Tusk,
has spoken of a “special place in hell” for “those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely”. I plead guilty m’lud! But only because people like Tusk refused my “no deal” offer in 2016 .
Tusk was speaking after talks with Irish premier Leo Varadkar in Brussels. Brexit-backing MPs reacted with anger to the comments, accusing Tusk of “arrogance”. Downing Street said it was a question for Mr Tusk “whether he considers the use of that kind of language helpful”. The prime minister’s official spokesman said “We had a robust and lively referendum campaign in this country. In what was the largest democratic exercise in our history people voted to leave the EU”.He added that everyone should now focus on delivering that.
Tusk’s Twitter account tweeted his comments immediately afterwards. And at the end of their press conference, Varadkar was picked up by the microphones telling Mr Tusk “They’ll give you terrible trouble in the British press for that”. Tusk nodded at the comment and both laughed. Former UKIP leader, and now an independent MEP, Nigel Farage, tweeted back at Mr Tusk “After Brexit we will be free of unelected, arrogant bullies like you and run our own country. Sounds more like heaven to me”.
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom
who also campaigned for Britain’s exit from the EU, said Tusk should apologise for his “disgraceful” and “spiteful” comments. “I’m sure that when he reflects on it he may well wish he hadn’t done it” she told BBC Radio 4’s World at One.
The Democratic Unionist Party’s Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said “This devilish Euro maniac is doing his best to keep the United Kingdom bound by the chains of EU bureaucracy and control. It is Tusk and his arrogant EU negotiators who have fanned the flames of fear in an attempt to try and overturn the result of the referendum.”
Tusk hasn’t read “How to make friends and influence people”
Tusk began his remarks by telling reporters there were 50 days to go until the UK’s exit from the European Union. “I know that still a very great number of people in the UK, and on the continent, as well as in Ireland, wish for a reversal of this decision. I have always been with you, with all my heart.
“But the facts are unmistakable. At the moment, the pro-Brexit stance of the UK prime minister, and the Leader of the Opposition, rules out this question. Today, there is no political force and no effective leadership for Remain. I say this without satisfaction, but you can’t argue with the facts”.
Theresa May, who supported the UK staying in the EU during the 2016 EU referendum but has always insisted that Brexit must be delivered because that was what people voted for, is due to arrive in Brussels on Thursday to seek legal changes to the withdrawal deal she signed with the EU. She hopes these changes will help her get it through the UK Parliament.
Tusk said that the other 27 EU members had decided in December that the withdrawal agreement was “not open for renegotiation”. “I hope that tomorrow we will hear from Prime Minister May a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse following the latest votes in the House of Commons”.
Tusk said the Irish border issue and the need to preserve the peace process remained the EU’s “top priority”. “The EU is first and foremost a peace project,” he said. “We will not gamble with peace or put a sell-by date on reconciliation. This is why we insist on the backstop.” In a message to Mrs May, Tusk said “Give us a deliverable guarantee for peace in Northern Ireland and the UK will leave the EU as a trusted friend. I hope that the UK government will present ideas that will both respect this point of view and at the same time command a stable and clear majority in the House of Commons. I strongly believe that a common solution is possible and I will do everything in my power to find it”.
It’s perhaps summed up quite well by this
Now, please lead me to the promised land along with the biggest vote ever in the UK!
NB Dennis Skinner, the “Beast of Bolsover” tweeted “STATESMAN? 1: A person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs. 2: A person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues. HELL NO…”
And Austin “Maverick” Mitchell tweeted “A special place in hell” can only be Brussels. Not that Donald please. Anything but that!”