‘Shut your gob and grow up’ – British Sun ‘advice’ to Taoiseach on Brexit

‘…too busy disrespecting 17.4 million voters of a country whose billions stopped Ireland going bust as recently as 2010.’

Sligo News File.

‘Shut your gob and grow up.” That is the “advice” a British newspaper said it had for “Ireland’s naive young Prime Minister.”

The Sun is understood to have been responding to comments apparently made by Leo Varadkar in which he hinted that he could delay Brexit trade talks unless there was progress on the Irish border question.

In an editorial headed “Brexit Buffoon,” the Sun went on to say:

“Leo Varadkar should be helping to make Brexit work for millions of citizens.

“Leo Varadkar may not like Brexit. So what? He needs to accept it’s happening.

“His priority should not be poking holes in our position.

“He should be helping make Brexit work for millions of his citizens and ours, including by engaging constructively on a border solution.

“He is too busy disrespecting 17.4 million voters of a country whose billions stopped Ireland going bust as recently as 2010. A country on which so much of his economy depends.

“We are Ireland’s biggest trading partner and nearest neighbour.

“The effects of a hard border could be catastrophic.

“Yet Varadkar’s rookie diplomacy, puerile insults and threats to veto trade negotiations are bringing it even closer.

“We can only assume his arrogance stems from a delusion that he can single-handedly stop Brexit.

“Indeed Ireland’s political establishment clearly believes we can be forced to vote the “right” way at a second referendum just as they made their citizens do over the EU Lisbon Treaty they initially rejected.

“It’s not going to happen.

“David Davis rightly names France and Germany as the roadblocks to progress, even as other EU nations want a deal.

“He should not overlook the showboating obstinacy of Ireland’s Varadkar, a man increasingly out of his depth.”

Some key European figures, including EU parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt, are reported to have said Northern Ireland must stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union to avoid a hard frontier.