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Donald Tusk: Special place in hell for clueless Brexit campaigners

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EU Council President Donald Tusk and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shake hands as the they give statements after a meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels Belgium

Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Thursday (7 February) to tell the leaders of European Union institutions only binding changes to the Irish border arrangements can avoid a hard Brexit, while Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touches down in Brussels on Wednesday.

He added that everyone should now focus on delivering that. Tusk's appearance alongside Varadkar was the latest signal that the bloc will not abandon Ireland, which fears both the economic and political impact of a hard border.

In the months following the Brexit vote, the European Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, blamed Brexit on "40 years of lies" by British politicians.

The December EU Council decided the withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation...

Home Secretary Sajid Javid described Mr Tusk as "out of order", while the comments were labelled a "completely outrageous insult" by leading Tory Brexiteer Peter Bone. "Sounds more like heaven to me".

In January, the House of Commons voted against the deal agreed by the European Union and the United Kingdom government and later passed an amendment calling for alternative solutions instead of Irish border backstop clause.

"I'm sure that when he reflects on it he may well wish he hadn't done it", she told BBC Radio 4's World at One.

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.

Mr Tusk faced calls from a Cabinet minister to apologise for his "disgraceful" and "spiteful" remarks, while Brexit-supporting MPs lashed out at the former Polish prime minister.

Mr Tusk said the European Union would insist on the Irish border backstop being included in any approved deal as a "top priority" to preserve peace.

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has propped up May's government since she lost her parliamentary majority in a 2017 snap election, said it wanted to get a deal agreed but the border backstop had to be replaced.

Still open to a solution?

The dam broke on Donald Tusk's pent-up feelings about the leaders of the Leave campaign.

Reaction, as they say, was swift and furious from the Brexiteers. But officials have low expectations ahead of the prime minister's visit to Brussels on Thursday. But the facts are unmistakable. At the moment, the pro-Brexit stance of the United Kingdom prime minister, and the Leader of the Opposition, rules out this question.

Meanwhile, the British prime minister began a round of meetings with the north's political leaders in her hunt for a breakthrough on the Irish backstop impasse.

A No10 spokesman on said it was "a question for Donald Tusk whether he considers the use of that kind of language helpful, and I understand that was hard this morning as he didn't take any questions".

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