Donald Tusk suggestion for Britain and European Union to work together against Chinese repressions in Hong Kong obviously didn’t go down well with Brits as it met with backlash, as he once said during Brexit negotiations that there’s a special place in hell for Brexiteers without a plan.
The former European Council President played a major role during the negotiations on a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK, always criticising Britain’s negotiating style and mocking Theresa May the then Prime Minister.
Donald Tusk wants Britain to forget about that and assist the EU in fighting against China over the draconian security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in 2020.
He wrote on Twitter, “The EU and UK should react together to the Chinese repressions in Hong Kong. Let us show that despite Brexit, we are still a community when it comes to universal rights.”
But of cause, no one would expect such statement to just slide. Not when Brexiteers still use the same social media as Mr Tusk, with Twitter users quickly highlighting to Tusk how the EU recently agreed on a lucrative investment deal with China.
“These are empty words lacking action.” A Twitter user said while adding that, “Xi sat beaming in a video call with Merkel, Macron, von der Leyen…making the EU complicit in the global complacency in dealing with the CCPs abuse of democracy and human rights.”
A Twitter user who remembered his statement said, “Wasn’t there a “special place in hell” for us? Didn’t the EU (but not parly) just agree a deal with China? and added, “@guyverhofstadt what do you reckon, pass the deal with China or not?”
Aside Brexiteers, pro-EU campaigner and MEP Guy Verhofstadt slammed Brussels for striking the investment deal with China, calling the European Parliament to veto the agreement.
“Is this the time to be cutting deals with China? I think it shows geopolitical naivite instead of geostrategic autonomy. Thankfully, unlike China, the EU is a democracy & the @Europarl will have the final say!” He said on a Twitter post.