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Tusk faces ‘terrible trouble’ over comments on ‘place in hell’ for Brexiteers

Tusk faces ‘terrible trouble’ over comments on ‘place in hell’ for Brexiteers

Mr Varadkar is also due to meet EU Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the European Parliament's representative in the Brexit negotiations Guy Verhofstadt, European Council President Donald Tusk and the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan.

Donald Tusk says the European Union will make no new offer in the Brexit negotiations.

The backstop is a safety net to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in case no Brexit trade deal is achieved between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Last year, UBS had said in its annual report that it would merge its British entity with the German headquartered European bank in the absence of a transition deal between the EU and Britain prior to the March 29 departure date.

After their statements, Mr Varadkar was heard telling Mr Tusk "they will give you bad trouble in the British press for that" - but the European Council chief just nodded and laughed.

At the end of press statements Leo Vardkar, the Irish prime minister, was caught on microphone telling Mr Tusk: "They'll give you awful trouble, the British press, for this". 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".

The Democratic Unionist Party's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said: "This devilish Europe maniac is doing his best to keep the United Kingdom bound by the chains of European Union bureaucracy and control".

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.

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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".

The "top priority" for the bloc was to "maintain the peace process in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement", Tusk said.

Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker Peter Bone said Tusk's comments were an outrageous insult to the British people.

She told an audience of business leaders and journalists that she wanted to "affirm my commitment to delivering a Brexit that ensures no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which is unshakeable".

"The EU is first and foremost a peace project", he said.

The Irish prime minister suggested that MPs either didn't know what they were doing or were misled when they voted to look for alternatives to the Irish backstop.

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.