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Today, in the latest episode of Explosive Brexit Rows That Last Until Teatime, the much-watched programme in its 27th series produced by the European Union and the British government, a lot of people are rather annoyed or super excited, in modern parlance, by a tweet issued by Donald Tusk.
The EU Council President tweeted: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”
If you are feeling uncharitable you might say that the “special place in hell” is right down the corridor from the place in hell housing those who invented the European single currency, and right next door to the room for those who pressed ahead with EU integration after Maastricht rather than letting the thing evolve into something much looser. Or directly opposite the special place for those who mishandled the migration crisis.
But that would be uncharitable and wrong, so I will not say it. These are our friends and neighbours, and allies in Nato, and we should not wish anyone to hell over a mere disagreement about politics and trade deals. Post-Brexit the British, or the Brexiteers, need to start learning how to turn the other cheek, smile politely and rebuild friendships rather than attacking.