Tusk says there's a special place in hell for Brexiteers

Leo Varadkar and Donald Tusk in Brussels

Leo Varadkar and Donald Tusk in Brussels

She is due to meet Mr Tusk as well as European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on a visit to Brussels on Thursday.

Britain's Brexiteers with no plan of how to deliver deserve a "special place in hell", the EU's Donald Tusk said, prompting fury among British anti-EU campaigners, one of whom called him an "arrogant bully".

Donald Tusk also indicated the Irish border backstop loathed by Leavers would not be removed from Theresa May's draft Withdrawal Agreement and that all sides must prepare for a "fiasco" no-deal Brexit.

Last year, UBS had said in its annual report that it would merge its British entity with the German headquartered European bank in the absence of a transition deal between the EU and Britain prior to the March 29 departure date.

And at the end of their press conference, Mr Varadkar was picked up by the microphones telling Mr Tusk: "They'll give you bad trouble in the British press for that".

At the end of press statements Leo Vardkar, the Irish prime minister, was caught on microphone telling Mr Tusk: "They'll give you bad trouble, the British press, for this".

Britain will risk crashing out of 40 trade agreements spanning five continents in event of a no-deal Brexit, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) warned Wednesday.

The EU has consistently demanded the backstop as a legally-binding insurance policy to ensure the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic remains regardless of future UK/EU relations.

Theresa May - who supported the United Kingdom staying in the European Union during the 2016 European Union referendum but has always insisted that Brexit must be delivered because that was what people voted for - is due to arrive in Brussels on Thursday to seek legal changes to the withdrawal deal she signed with the EU.

Mr Tusk said the Irish border issue and the need to preserve the peace process remained the EU's "top priority".

The Irish prime minister again insisted that there were no "alternative arrangements" to the already agreed Northern Ireland backstop.

"Parliament voted by a significant margin to set out what it wishes to achieve, which is changes to the backstop", the Number 10 spokesman told reporters.

Reactions to Tusk's "place in hell" comments, which he also tweeted, were not long to follow.

The top Eurocrat said: "Brexit is not a bilateral question between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom..."

But the Northern Irish party which props up May's government says it could endanger the province's place in the United Kingdom, while Brexit supporters in May's Conservative Party worry it would lock the country into European Union rules for the long term.

He said that in light of ongoing uncertainty in the UK, EU leaders have agreed that no-deal preparation must continue and intensify.

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