Donald Tusk: Special place in hell for Brexiteers

Blanche Robertson
February 6, 2019

"By the way, I have been wondering what the special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it safely", Mr Tusk said.

Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Thursday (7 February) to tell the leaders of European Union institutions only binding changes to the Irish border arrangements can avoid a hard Brexit, while Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touches down in Brussels on Wednesday.

House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, a pro-Brexit Conservative, said Tusk's remark was "pretty unacceptable and pretty totally demeans him".

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who openly regrets Britain's decision, seemed to be targeting the politicians who led the pro-Brexit campaigns in 2016, such as former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, the ex-leader of the UK Independence Party. "Sounds more like heaven to me".

May was holding meetings with top DUP officials on Wednesday, hoping to reach a compromise as the March 29 Brexit deadline looms.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday (3 February) she would seek a "pragmatic solution" to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels.

It might be a fruitless visit.

"The EU27 is not making any new offer", Mr Tusk said.

Her trip will come a day after a whistlestop tour of the EU capital by Mr Varadkar that includes a meeting later today with European Parliament president Jean Claude Juncker.

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Varadkar said the Brexit deal, which was rejected by Parliament, was "the best possible".

But he added: "A sense of responsibility also tells us to prepare for a possible fiasco".

The eight week delay is a last-ditch attempt to solve the Brexit issue ahead of the European elections.

"With the United Kingdom remaining a member of these deals throughout the transition period, we will then have the necessary time to focus on getting the trade deals that will lie at the heart of the UK's future prosperity right", he said.

"In the event of a crash. she must as a democrat return to the Good Friday Agreement and she must begin preparation for a referendum on Irish unity", Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said, referring to the peace accord signed in 1998 that ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

"We will never abandon Ireland". And this is why we insist on the backstop.

"We will not gamble with peace or put a sell-by date on the resolution". He said Britain's recent political instability was yet another proof of why the backstop was needed.

May told senior British ministers that she aimed to get changes that ensure the United Kingdom could not be trapped indefinitely in the backstop.

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