Tusk facing EU BACKLASH: Warning states will turn against Brussels chief over ‘Hell’ jibe

Posted on Feb 9 2019 - 4:31pm by admin

The member for Shrewsbury and Atcham also warned Prime Minister Theresa May she needed to bring something substantial back from her talks with Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels today, urging “window dressing would be seen for what it is”. Mr Tusk stirred up a hornet’s nest yesterday after a meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he said: “I have been wondering what that special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan to carry it out safely.” His words prompted Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom to demand an apology, while DUP leader Sammy Wilson branded him a “devilish euro maniac”.

And Mr Kawczynski was in no mood to mince his words either, pointing to a Tweet by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki slapping Mr Tusk down.

Mr Kawczynski told Express.co.uk: “Mr Morawiecki has basically told Mr Tusk he really needs to get a grip.

“Countries with a strategic partnership with Britain are starting to get cold feet about the rather peculiar way in which bilateral relationships are being handled by the EU.

“They are concerned the EU may be damaging these relationships.

“I think his glib comments show huge disrespect for this country and our democracy.

“He makes no acknowledgement of how intransigent the European Union can be.

“We could certainly say some choice words about Mr Tusk but that’s not the British way.

“Interestingly, it seems to having the effect of underlining why we need to leave – the chairman of my own association, who originally backed Remain, said as much to me earlier.”

With Mr Tusk’s comments as a backdrop, the pressure is on Prime Minister Theresa May to bring something back from her meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today.

But Mr Kawczynski warned her she could not expect any favours from Westminster, referring to remarks by DUP leader Arlene Foster about the need to dump the “toxic” backstop arrangement for Northern Ireland’s border with the Republic.

He said: “The Prime Minister needs to bring back exactly what Arlene Foster has said.

“I believe we need to get rid of the backstop, or at the very least, secure a legally binding sunset clause which time-limits it.

“Parliament has made it clear that the backstop is the key problem and she needs to ensure that those concerns about Northern Ireland going out on a limb and possibly being forced out of the UK are addressed.

“If what she comes back with is just window dressing, then I suspect the Parliamentary party and the media will work that out pretty quickly.

“She’s only going to get so many bites at the cherry with this and if nothing substantial emerges that will just harden opinions here.”

Following an opening round of talks today, a joint statement issued by both sides today said: “The discussion was robust but constructive.

“Despite the challenges, the two leaders agreed that their teams should hold talks as to whether a way through can be found that would gain the broadest possible support in the UK Parliament and respect the guidelines agreed by the European Council.”

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