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Mr Verhofstadt, now an MEP who was the European Parliament’s Brexit representative, took aim at the Prime Minister as Mr Johnson mixed with other world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the G7 summit in Cornwall. And he even claimed the bloc enjoyed the support of non-EU countries when it came to the Northern Ireland Protocol, the mechanism designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
The arrangements are contentious because critics, especially in the Unionist community, claim it has imposed a border down the Irish Sea instead, hence driving a wedge between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Mr Verhofstadt posted: “Canada, the US, the entire #G7 is united that the Brexit agreement, chosen by this UK Government, should be implemented.
“High time that Boris Johnson takes responsibility and owns the consequences of his actions!”
For your own health and others Guy, please try to get over it
However, as has happened frequently in the past, his remarks prompted plentiful derision.
One poster commented: “You can’t let go! We’ve moved on and have the fastest growing economy of G7. Thank you for a great #Brexit deal @Europarl_EN xx.”
Similarly, John Bent said: “You are so one eyed Guy & would love to reverse the Democratic vote of the UK with help from your Lib Dem friends.
“For your own health and others Guy, please try to get over it.
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“If the Protocol is applied to the letter then NI will suffer. Is that really what the EU want?”
Another poster added: “You’re like a child having a tantrum. Move on and accept we’ve left ffs.”
Ben Corke said: “We won’t be bullied and threatened into accepting EU SPS regs alignment as this will prevent us doing any goods trade deals
“We voted to leave the EU and get away from people like you.”
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Meanwhile, Booker Dewitt questioned Brussels’ motives when it came to the issue.
He said: “EU never really cared about peace in Northern Ireland, we were a pawn in a crazy power game.
“Alas, I fear this summer will reap a disastrous toll here because of it.
“And the blame must land squarely at the feet of the EU.”
However, not everyone thought the EU was to blame.
Andy Holmes said: “The blame falls squarely on Johnson.
“May negotiated the backstop to avoid a border. Brextremist MPs rejected it and Johnson tore it up.
“He proposed putting a border in the Irish Sea instead.”
Speaking to Sky News this afternoon, Mr Johnson said: “I think we can sort it out but… it is up to our EU friends and partners to understand that we will do whatever it takes.
“I think if the protocol continues to be applied in this way, then we will obviously not hesitate to invoke Article 16, as I have said before.
“Don’t forget, the EU themselves invoked Article 16 in January, to disapply the protocol, so they can stop removal of vaccines from the EU to the UK.
“I’ve talked to some of our friends here today, who do seem to misunderstand that the UK is a single country, a single territory. I just need to get that into their heads.”
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