'Special place in hell': EU's Tusk slams Brexiteers

'Special place in hell': EU's Tusk slams Brexiteers

In the latest frustrated comment from the EU as Brexit dealings crumble, European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker said his job in Brussels was "hell".

UK lawmakers have indicated they could support a deal which either removes or modifies the so-called Irish backstop, the legal mechanism that could hold the United Kingdom inside the Common Market and European Union laws against its will for years after Brexit is officially completed.

Some Brexiteers have predicted that the EU's seemingly stubborn stance is only a negotiating tactic and Brussels will eventually succumb to United Kingdom pressure and offer a better deal with an altered or removed backstop.

Rubbing salt into the wound, Mr Tusk was then caught on mic chuckling at a press conference when Irish premier Leo Varadkar whispered to him that the British would "give you awful trouble" over the jibe.

He told reporters that both Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn had a "pro-Brexit stance".

Tusk was speaking at a news conference in Brussels following a morning meeting with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UKIP party, in respond to Mr Tusk's statement, said in his Twitter: "After Brexit, we will be free of unelected, arrogant bullies like you and run our own country".

May's spokesman stressed that she wasn't coming to Brussels to ask for more time and remained determined to deliver a Brexit deal before the March 29 deadline.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is due in Brussels on Thursday with what she says is a parliamentary mandate to re-open the withdrawal agreement, sealed between the European Union and her Conservative government in November after 18 months of intense, highly technical negotiations.

"The top priority for us, remains the issue of the border on the island of Ireland, and the guarantee to maintain the peace process in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement".

And he demanded that Prime Minister Theresa May bring "realistic suggestions" for how to end the impasse and prevent a no-deal scenario.

"The backstop is part of the withdrawal agreement and we can not reopen the discussion on the backstop".

For weeks, they have been begging May to tell them - exactly - what she wants amended in the withdrawal agreement, so that it can pass her divided House of Commons.

Reaction, as they say, was swift and furious from the Brexiteers.

May is signaling she will seek changes to the deal rather than the outright removal of the controversial Irish border provision, which has so alarmed many Brexiters in the U.K. Parliament.

Critics of the backstop argue its lack of any agreed time-limit is unacceptable as it could see the United Kingdom locked into a customs union deal with the EU indefinitely and Northern Ireland kept under EU single market rules.

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