Brexiteer asks Twitter for examples of UK ‘treating Ireland in an appalling way' – regrets it immediately
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Brexiteer asks Twitter for examples of UK ‘treating Ireland in an appalling way' – regrets it immediately

A LEADING Brexiteer found himself inundated with replies on Twitter after asking for 'examples of Britain treating Ireland in an appalling way'.

Author and economist Andrew Lilico, who has links to the Jacob Rees-Mogg-led pro-Brexit European Research Group, landed himself in a spot of bother on social media after attributing the looming possibility of a No Deal Brexit to the “failures” of Ireland and the EU.

“If & when the UK does leave the EU with No Deal, that will constitute a major economic & geopolitical failure on the part of EU & Irish leaders,” Lilico tweeted.

“There's no doubt the UK wanted an FTA & to be friendly. It will eventually be seen as short-sighted madness that we were turned away.”

“The UK has treated Ireland appallingly throughout this process,” an Irish Twitter user replied. “The failure is entirely yours - own it.”

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“In what way?” Lilico asked.

Another Irishman answered: “The British border, GFA commitments, International responsibility.. never part of the narrative in 2016. Even now, we have "alternative arrangements".. we have 2 words and nothing else. N.I. will be crippled, ROI less. Brexit is more important than the english empire or life.”

It was then that Lilico made his fateful mistake, responding: “And any examples of Britain treating Ireland in an "appalling" way?”

The people of Twitter happily obliged with a deluge of jokes, history lessons and memes covering the many, many examples of Britain treating Ireland in “an appalling way”.

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Even then Lilico was unfazed, tweeting: "And these examples occurred "throughout this process" since 2016, did they? And were somehow connected to it?"

Again, however, the Irish were only too happy to oblige with a few choice quotes from the Conservative Government past and present.

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Yeah but other than that, right Andrew?