EU chief’s Brexit outburst: ‘Dangerous and dumb!’
In a scorching attack on Britain detaching itself from Brussels, the EU’s former political leader labeled the idea of Brexit “dangerous and dumb,” according to a rediscovered report.
The United Kingdom left the European Union last year, but has been embroiled in a bitter debate with the EU over Northern Ireland in recent months. Brussels has steadfastly refused to make concessions to the United Kingdom that would make commerce with Northern Ireland easier, resulting in confusion for firms on both sides of the Irish Sea. A recently found interview with Donald Tusk, the EU’s former political director, revealed his true disdain for the idea of Brexit.
Mr. Tusk, the former President of the European Council, the bloc’s political organ, was interviewed for the BBC documentary “Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil,” which was released in 2019.
In Episode 1, he talks about a meeting he had with then-Prime Minister David Cameron regarding his promise to follow through on his election promise of holding an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
“I asked David Cameron, ‘why did you decide on this referendum?’ It’s so hazardous, even idiotic,” Mr Tusk added.
“He informed me – and I was stunned – that the only reason was his own political party, the Conservatives.
“And that he felt really safe since he believed there was no possibility of a referendum because his coalition partner, the liberals, would oppose such a proposal.
“However, he unexpectedly won, and there was no coalition partner. David Cameron, ironically, became the genuine victim of his own victory.”
After making a platform vow to hold a public referendum on Britain’s EU membership, Mr. Cameron’s Conservative Party gained a majority in the 2015 general election.
In an attempt to quell growing anti-EU sentiment among Conservative backbenchers, the PM offered a referendum to address the party’s long-standing “Europe question.”
The United Kingdom then voted 52 percent to 48 percent to exit the EU.
In relation to the current conflict over Northern Ireland, Mr Tusk’s replacement, Charles Michel, has adopted a harsh stance on Britain over Brexit.
In June, the European Council President entered the fray, repeating Brussels’ demands that the UK comply to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Protocol, which governs Northern Ireland’s trade relations with the United Kingdom. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”