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

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The European Council President has delivered a stinging attack on those who promoted Brexit with no plan to carry it out, saying there would be a "special place in hell" for them.

European Council president Tusk described the EU itself as a "peace project" and he insists on the Irish backstop plan and said, "we will not gamble with peace or put a sell-by-date on".

"The EU 27 is not making any new offer", Tusk said Wednesday.

"They will give you awful trouble in the British press", Varadkar appeared to say to Tusk as they shook hands after their comments to the press.

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

At the end of the press conference as Tusk and Varadkar shook hands, microphones picked up the Irish premier telling him: "They will give you bad trouble in the British press for this".

The Withdrawal Agreement, he said remained "the best deal possible" but they were "open to further discussions" with the UK Government.

"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.

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DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said: "Donald Tusk once again shows his contempt for the 17.4 million people who voted to escape the corruption of the European Union and seek the paradise of a free and prosperous kingdom".

Britain, Ireland and the European Union want to avoid physical checks on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland that ceased with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. "The deal that was on the table was rejected by 230 votes by MPs (members of Parliament) and so if MPs are to support that. clearly something has got to change". "It's a European issue and that's why we cannot accept the idea that the withdrawal agreement could be reopened", Juncker said, adding that the backstop was part of the November agreement.

The comment caused an immediate uproar across the Channel, with the Brexit spokesman for the Northern Irish DUP party picking up on the theme and branding Tusk a "devilish, trident-wielding, euromaniac".

May said she would seek an alternative arrangement which avoids the need for a hard border, or legally binding changes to the border backstop to introduce a time limit or create an exit mechanism.

He said: "I hope that tomorrow we will hear from Prime Minister May a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse. following the latest votes in the House of Commons".

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.

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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