It is a disgrace that the European Union is using the tragedy of Northern Ireland to try to split Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. Worse still that the inexperienced Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar is allowing himself and the prosperity of the Irish people as sacrificial lambs on the altar of European Union ambition.
David Coburn MEP said, “Of course we can have a soft border between the two parts of Ireland by mutual consent and reasonable behaviour which the EU does not seem inclined to do through reasons of bitterness and arrogance.
“The European Union has no business trying to interfere in the internal arrangements of the United Kingdom in either Northern Ireland nor Scotland.
“Great Britain has not tried to exacerbate or exploit the EU’s problems regarding Spain and Catalonia for political advantage over Brexit as the EU has done.
“The EU should respect our territorial integrity.
“I discussed these matters in a private meeting with President Juncker who told me it would be improper for him and the EU to interfere in the internal affairs of nation states in regard to both Scotland and Catalonia. This should also apply to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
“Perhaps Monsieurs Barnier and Verhofstadt have failed or do not care to understand this concept. They seem particularly bitter Euro enthusiasts with an axe to grind and the last people to be conducting negotiations.”