Verhofstadt savaged over latest attack on UK – ‘EU is finished and you know it!’

Posted on Sep 20 2020 - 4:38pm by admin

The outspoken former European Parliament Brexit coordinator has continued to lash out at Britain throughout the Brexit process since the EU referendum in June 2016. Now the Brexit critic and Belgian MEP has retweeted a YouTube video from April 2016 over a Patrick Stewart sketch from The Guardian entitled: “What has the ECHR “European court of Human Rights) ever done for us?” The description reads: “After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights.

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“This satirical take on the classic Monty Python sketch asks ‘what has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?’

“Apart from the right to a fair trial, freedom from slavery, freedom from torture…”

But more than four years on in response to this clip, Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “It’s funny cos it’s true.

“UK & its vision on rule of law helped make the EU what it is, and all are better off as a result.”

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Brexit news: Guy Verhofstadt’s latest intervent4ion has sparked a furious reaction (Image: GETTY / TWITTER)

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Brexit news: Guy Verhofstadt has been a huge critic of the UK (Image: GETTY)

But his post on the social media website has sparked a furious reply from several people.

One simply said: “The EU has been the master of its own destruction. The gravy train will end.”

Another simply commented: “The EU is finished without us and you know it.”

A third person wrote: “Maybe if the EU would have given Britain the respect it deserves we wouldn’t even dream of breaking the law!”

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Brexit news: Guy Verhofstadt sparked a furious reaction with this weet (Image: @guyverhofstadt / Twitter)

This comes after Mr Verhofstadt was brutally mocked on Twitter after he accused Boris Johnson of being a threat to the integrity of the UK.

He accused the UK Prime Minister of pushing for a hard Brexit and threatening the country’s integrity.

Mr Verhofstadt made the comments after sharing the newspaper headline, “Johnson: EU a threat to integrity of the UK”.

He wrote: “The real threats to the integrity of the UK are you Boris Johnson and your Brexit!

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with the Internal Market Bill (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: Ursula von der Leyen has been left frustrated by the Internal Market Bill (Image: GETTY)

“It was your choice to choose the hardest possible exit.

“Why did you not explain the consequences of your plan to the British people?”

But the European nationalist’s comments sparked a backlash among dozens of Twitter users.

Jamie Bryson, a Northern Ireland unionist activist, wrote: “You actually believe you have a right to comment upon our sovereign country.

“Keep your meddling EU nose out of our business.

“We are leaving, as one UK, and if you & other EU leaders don’t like that…. well all the better.”

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Brexit news: The transition period ends on December 31, 2020 (Image: EXPRESS)

Boris Johnson is continuing ahead with plans to push the UK Government’s Internal Market Bill through Parliament, as the clock ticks down for UK and EU negotiators to agree a post-Brexit trade deal.

The proposed legislation, which is currently going through the House of Commons, would override key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU last year, consequently breaking international law.

Brussels has been left furious and has warned London counterparts to scrap the Bill before the end of this month, but the Prime Minister is standing his ground ahead of what could be a lengthy process to get it voted through the House of Parliament.

Last week, European commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she remains “convinced” a trade deal with the UK remains possible but branded Mr Johnson’s attempt to override the Withdrawal Agreement as an “unpleasant surprise”.

She said the Internal Market Bill had “distracted very strongly” from the two sides being able to secure fresh trade terms before the transition period deadline on December 31.

Ms von Der Leyen however still believes an agreement with the UK can still be reached, despite criticism of the proposed legislation from several former Prime Ministers, dozens of Tory backbenchers, US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the EU itself.

The European commission President said: “Where the UK is concerned, we want an agreement, and I think the attempt to violate the Withdrawal Agreement distracted very strongly from the ongoing negotiations.

“This was an unpleasant surprise.

“And therefore it is time now that our British friends restore the trust in the validity of a signature under treaty, and that we keep on going, focused to negotiate because time is running out.”

In reply to another question, Ms von der Leyen said she was “still convinced” a deal with London “can be done”.

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