The European Council President said the UK “denoted a state of public disorder” with “chaos descending from political passions and a constant escalation of internal conflicts”. Speaking at the Athens Democracy forum, the EU’s top official cited the ancient Greek city of Korkyra, which played host to the earliest recorded naval battle. He drew comparisons between Korkyra’s long-running disputes with a neighbouring town and Brexit.
“In the heat of the battle, the sides freely changed the meanings of words, while values were being reversed,” Mr Tusk said.
“Madness and reckless audacity game to be seen as courage; common sense as cowardice, moderation as conformism.”
Yesterday Mr Tusk fuelled Brexit tensions after accusing Boris Johnson of triggering a “stupid blame game”.
He wrote: “Boris Johnson, what is what’s at stake is not winning some stupid blame game.
“At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people.
“You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke.”
The European Council President is no stranger to stoking up Brexit tensions ahead of crucial negotiating moments.
Tomorrow Boris Johnson will sit down with Leo Varadkar in a last-ditch attempt to hammer out an agreement between Brussels and London.
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The last-chance talks are considered the final moment that the Prime Minister will be able to secure a Brexit deal ahead of the European leaders summit next week.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, today informed member states that he has exhausted his mandate examining Mr Johnson’s latest offer.
He will now need EU leaders to help him across the line by making a political breakthrough with the Prime Minister.
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“Now is time for a political moment – whether it be between Boris Johnson, Leo Varadkar or Jean-Claude Juncker,” a European source told Express.co.uk.
“Barnier has said he will continue to assess the UK’s proposals to see how much room for manoeuvre will be needed.
“But for now there are still fundamental gaps that can’t be bridged under Barnier’s current mandate.”
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay will sit down with Mr Barnier on Friday for a working breakfast, which is also considered a key moment in talks.
EU leaders will gather in Brussels next Wednesday, with a decision yet to be made on what Brexit discussions they will have.
European sources said capitals are still focused on achieving a Brexit deal and have not yet held formal discussions on the possibility of a delay to the UK’s divorce.
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