All of the best replies to David Davis claiming Britain has been 'civilised' in Brexit talks

Former Brexit secretary David Davis

Former Brexit secretary David Davis - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

David Davis has caused a stir after claiming that Britain has maintained a "civilised approach" to Brexit talks, before saying that the European Union had not.

Penning an article for The Sun the former Brexit secretary wrote in support of a no-deal Brexit, claiming current negotiator Lord Frost had "played a blinder" and that Britain "had nothing to fear".

Offering support for the government's position, he said: "Throughout the entire Brexit negotiation Britain has tried to behave in a civilised manner so as to avoid an acrimonious break-up.

"That is not true of the European Union — on the contrary, it has behaved unreasonably from the beginning."

His comments were ridiculed on Twitter as Davis' name started to trend with users pointing to a number of articles to suggest otherwise.

They included the fact that Davis had spent very little time with the EU side during initial negotiations, the reports home secretary Priti Patel threatened Ireland with food shortages, and claims Boris Johnson had compared Theresa May's initial deal to a "suicide vest".

Others brought up the fact the Tory MP had attended initial talks with the EU's Michel Barnier without a pen or paperwork. 

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"So the Home Secretary didn't suggest cutting off Ireland's food supplies, then?" asked Frances Coppola.

"Apart from legislating to break international law part way through the negotiations," said Mark Thompson.

"Nothing is quite so civilised as calling your closest trading partners ‘uncivilised’," noted James Wong.

"Says a man who turned up to a meeting with the EU to decide the future of the UK with nothing. Not even a pen," added another.

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