During a joint press conference alongside Irish premier, Leo Varadkar, Donald Tusk said there is a “special place in hell” for Brexiteers in a fiery speech. But as the pair smiled for the cameras following the comments, the microphone picked up Mr Varadkar warn the European Council President he will get “terrible trouble” for the comments.
The pair shook hands and a grinning Irish Taoiseach said: “They’ll give you terrible trouble in the British press.”
Mr Tusk nodded and continued to smile.
The President of the European Council accused politicians campaigning for Brexit as being “without even a sketch of a plan on how to carry it out safely”.
During a joint press conference alongside Irish premier, Leo Varadkar, he said: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of plan how to carry it out safely.”
Throughout the fiery speech, Mr Tusk urged Prime Minister Theresa May to head back to Brussels on Thursday with a “realistic suggestion” to resolve the Brexit deadlock.
The Eurocrat also warned Britain that the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was “not open for renegotiation.
He said: “I hope that tomorrow we will hear from Prime Minister May a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse in which the process of the orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU has found itself following the latest votes in the House of Commons.”
The Polish politician also said the EU was preparing for the “possible fiasco” that might happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
Mr Varadkar, who was in discussions with Brussels on Wednesday in regard to finding a solution to the Irish border issue, insisted the backstop must remain in place and cannot be amended despite the Prime Minister’s calls for legal assurances.
Mrs May will seek to secure enough changes to the backstop which can persuade MPs to support the deal in a series of votes expected on February 14.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman responded to the comments and said: “It’s a question for Donald Tusk whether he considers the use of that kind of language to be helpful.”
Prominent Brexiteer Nigel Farage responded to Mr Tusk’s comment and wrote on Twitter: “After Brexit, we will be free of unelected, arrogant bullies like you and run our own country.
“Sounds more like heaven to me.”
Published at Wed, 06 Feb 2019 13:08:00 +0000