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EU chief ponders 'special place in hell' for some Brexiters


BRUSSELS: European Council President Donald Tusk took a swipe on Wednesday at some Brexit-backers in Britain, questioning aloud what "special place in hell" could be reserved for many who had no idea learn how to deliver the country's go out from the European Union.

With just 50 days to head until Britain is due to go away the EU and worry mounting about a doubtlessly chaotic Brexit, Tusk, who chairs meetings of EU leaders, also gave the impression to dash any British hopes that the bloc would reopen discussions over the Brexit deal that was once overwhelmingly rejected through UK lawmakers last month.

"I have been wondering what a special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of plan how to carry it out safely," Tusk instructed journalists after talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Tusk's comments drew predictable outrage from British Brexiteers. House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, a pro-Brexit Conservative, stated Tusk's statement was once "pretty unacceptable and pretty disgraceful. ... it totally demeans him."

And former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted: "After Brexit we will be free of unelected, arrogant bullies like you and run our own country. Sounds more like heaven to me."

Britain is due to go away the EU on March 29 - the primary time a rustic has ever performed so. British Prime Minister Theresa May is due in Brussels on Thursday with what she says is a parliamentary mandate to re-open the withdrawal settlement, sealed after 18 months of intense and extremely technical negotiations.

"The EU 27 is not making any new offer," Tusk stated, including that the legally binding withdrawal settlement, which May negotiated and sponsored vociferously, can't be renegotiated.

Tusk and Varadkar stated EU international locations have been intensifying preparations for a 'no-deal' British go out - a most likely disastrous building that could inflict heavy financial and political injury in the United Kingdom and the EU alike.

"A sense of responsibility also tells us to prepare for a possible fiasco," Tusk stated.

Britain's Parliament voted down the Brexit deal last month, largely on account of issues about a provision for the border between the United Kingdom's Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. The mechanism, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would stay the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU to take away the will for assessments alongside the border until an enduring new buying and selling courting is in place.

The border house was once a flashpoint all over decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, and the loose flow of other folks and goods around the frontier underpins the peace settlement of 1998.

But many pro-Brexit British lawmakers fear the backstop will trap Britain in regulatory lockstep with the EU, whilst May's political allies in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party say it imposes boundaries between Northern Ireland and the remainder of the United Kingdom.

In seek of elusive cohesion, May was once meeting Wednesday with the DUP, which insists the backstop should be scrapped, and with other Northern Ireland parties who insist it should stay.

There was once little sign that compromise was once in sight.

"The prime minister has come here empty-handed, with the same old rhetoric, with no plan, no credibility, frankly no honour," stated Mary Lou McDonald, president of the Irish nationalist birthday celebration Sinn Fein.

McDonald stated the backstop "is the bottom line" for maintaining the border open.

The EU, which has lengthy seemed the border as the thorniest issue in Brexit talks, may be adamant that the backstop cannot be got rid of. Tusk's appearance along Varadkar was once the most recent signal that the bloc won't abandon member state Ireland, which fears both the commercial and political impact of a troublesome border.

"We will not gamble with peace or put a sell-by date on reconciliation, and this is why we insist on the backstop," Tusk stated. "Give us a believable guarantee for peace in Northern Ireland, and the UK will leave the EU as a trusted friend."

Varadkar stated Britain's political instability "demonstrates exactly why we need a legal guarantee" about the border.

During a speech Tuesday in Belfast, May restated her "unshakeable" dedication to heading off a troublesome border and stated she did not plan to take away the "insurance policy" totally.

"What Parliament has said is that they believe there should be changes made to the backstop," she stated.


May's government has been on the lookout for some way to conquer lawmakers' opposition to the backstop, through including a time limit or an go out clause - either one of that have been rejected through the EU - or a discovering a method to exchange border infrastructure with unspecified and untested era.


Tusk stated he hoped May would carry to Brussels "a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse."


Varadkar, for his part, warned Tusk he was once likely to face some warmth over his "special place in hell" comments.


"They will give you terrible trouble in the British press," Varadkar gave the impression to say to Tusk as they shook arms after their comments to the press.


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