Twitter reacts to Tusk's comments about Brexit politicians
PUBLISHED: 14:36 06 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:45 06 February 2019
Donald Tusk's comments about those who promoted Brexit without a plan have been met with outrage, praise and more than a few jokes online.
Conservative Remainer MP Phillip Lee said the remark was based on reality, even if it annoyed those who “politically orchestrated Brexit”.
He tweeted: “My issue has never been with Brexit voters, it’s always been with reckless, shallow politicians who promised a Brexit they’d no credible plan to deliver.”
Scottish MEP Alyn Smith went even further, describing Tusk as a “friend of the UK” who had been driven to such language “by two years of the lies of charlatans being implemented unchallenged by cowards”.
MP Anna Soubry worried the European Council president would be “wildly misquoted” as she stressed he was commenting on leading politicians rather than “the millions of good people they conned with fake promises they cannot deliver on”.
But among all the vitriol and politicking online were a fair few helpings of humour as people suggested what the “special place in hell” might look like.
Tory MP Johnny Mercer suggested it may look “a bit like Brussels”, while Labour MP David Lammy had a more specific suggestion.
“The Conservative Party’s annual Black and White fundraising ball is next month and it’s only £10,000 to get a table next to Boris Johnson,” he tweeted.
Other ideas included the Westfield shopping centre in west London’s White City, and simply “Milton Keynes”.
Prominent anti-Brexit tweeter Ben Fenton had a more literary answer.
The precise location would be the “1st Bolgia of the Malebolge, part of the 8th Circle of the Inferno, for Panderers and Seducers”, he wrote, drawing on Dante’s Inferno, the classic work about the circles of hell.
The area is reserved for “those who ‘deliberately exploited the passions of others and so drove them to serve their own interests”’ where they “’are themselves driven and scourged’,” he added.
Not everyone was impressed, however.
Brexiteer Nigel Farage said post-Brexit Britain will be free of “unelected, arrogant bullies like Tusk. Sounds more like heaven to me,” he added.
Farage’s former press adviser Michael Heaver said the comments were an “irresponsible and pathetic EU attack”.