German Foreign Office ridiculed after confusing Ireland with Ivory Coast in Brexit tweet
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German Foreign Office ridiculed after confusing Ireland with Ivory Coast in Brexit tweet

THE German Foreign Office has been mocked on social media after mistakenly tweeting the flag of the Ivory Coast in a message of support to Ireland over Brexit.

After British MPs voted in favour of yet more negotiations over the Irish border 'backstop' last night, Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas assured Ireland that it had the EU's backing on the issue.

"Regarding the backstop, Germany and the entire Union are firmly on Ireland’s side. We will not allow Ireland to be isolated on this issue," Mr Maas said.

Reiterating the minister’s comments, the German Foreign Office later tweeted: "FM @HeikoMaas on #Brexit: Germany and the entire EU will stand by Ireland on the backstop. We will not allow [Ivory Coast emoji] to be isolated on this issue".

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Dozens of Twitter users were quick to deride the unfortunate gaffe.

One wrote: "You wont allow the Ivory Coast to be isolated? What about Ireland?"

Another said: "10/10 for the sentiment... 0/10 for not proof-reading the correct flag".

A third added: "Stand with them so much that you don’t even know what their national flag looks like."

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Several others struck a lighter tone, referring to Germany with the Belgian flag – which also happens to be made up of black, red and gold.

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Realising their error, the German Foreign Office joked: "We're all confused by Brexit".

Touché!

Perhaps a Länderflaggensensibilisierungsfortbildungsveranstaltung is in order lads?