Beware Verhofstadt’s soothing words

Britain's leaving brings us one step closer to his dream of a federalist ‘good empire’

24th September, 2017
Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Mental Health, Helen McEntee meeting with European Parliament Brexit Co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt at Government Buildings Pic:

Three Oireachtas committees gave a joint hearing to Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament coordinator on Brexit, on Thursday. He used the occasion to evade all difficult issues, to give assurances to Ireland on which he cannot deliver, and to engage in overblown rhetoric and grandstanding which was, in the end, meaningless.

Most memorably, he said that: “We will never allow Ireland to suffer as a result of the British decision to leave the European Union....

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