Donald Tusk, the European council president, has said that there is a “special place in hell” for those who backed Brexit without plan. They promoted Brexit “without even a sketch of a plan.”
After his meeting with the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, Tusk has answered to some questions asked by the journalists.
Mr. Tusk has never disguised his hopes that the UK might change its mind. He said he knew there were “still a very great number of people” in the UK, on the continent and in Ireland who wanted to reverse the decision.
“I have always been with you with all my heart, but the facts are unmistakable. At the moment the pro-Brexit stance of the UK prime minister and the leader of the opposition rules out this question. Today there is no political force and no effective leadership for remain,” said Mr Tusk.
“There is no room for speculation here. The EU is first and foremost a peace project we will not gamble with peace or put a sell-by date on reconciliation,” he said, rejecting British demands for a time limit on the Irish backstop.
He added: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”
Reflecting a widespread view in Brussels, Varadkar said: “The instability in British politics in recent weeks demonstrates exactly why we need a legal guarantee and a solution that is operable that we know will work, will last.”
British Prime Minister is due in Brussels on Thursday to meet Tusk and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. She urged earlier that Brexit will be taken on time.
She said there was “so suggestion” the UK would leave the EU without a backstop. At the same time, she is still seeking changes.