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DUP’s Sammy Wilson blasts ‘Euro maniac’ Tusk for Brexit comments

DUP MP Sammy Wilson has hit out at the European Council President for saying there is a “special place in hell” for those who promoted Brexit without a plan.

Donald Tusk made the comments at a joint press conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels.

Mr Tusk said the EU was not making "any new offer" to the British Prime Minister on the Brexit deal. Theresa May has been in Northern Ireland meeting parties there to reassure them there will be no hard border as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

She is due in Brussels on Thursday and Mr Tusk said she would be welcomed, but wants her to come armed with a "realistic suggestion" to reaching an agreement on the backstop and protecting peace in Northern Ireland.

DUP leader Arlene Foster reacted to Mr Tusk's comments after her meeting with the Prime Minister.

“Clearly the pressure is beginning to mount in Brussels, we’ve seen that today from some of the response particularly from the President Donald Tusk,” she said.

“I think it was deliberately provocative I have to say, I think it was very disrespectful to those of us who voted to leave the European Union.

“He should reflect on what he had to say but as I said to the Prime Minister this morning, this is a time for cool heads, it’s a time to have focus and it’s a time to try and find solutions and not to be disrespectful who voted in a democratic way to leave the European Union and I hope that when the Prime Minister does go out to Brussels that she will be met with respect when she goes there.”

But her colleague Sammy Wilson took to Twitter with harsher words.

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He added later: “I think many people in the United Kingdom will be appalled that they voted honestly for, it was a democratic choice for the future of the country, for the kind of future that they wanted.

“Then we find that someone who is a leader within the European Union saying that he think there’s a special place in hell for them.

“I think people will be appalled at the contempt for democracy that this demonstrates.”

  • Vicki Hawthorne reports on the developments in Brussels.