Guy Verhofstadt TORN APART after aiming childish dig at Donald Trump – ‘Time to move on!’

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Boris Johnson is facing a huge uphill battle to build the type of relationship with the new US President that he had with Mr Trump, who had been a vocal supporter of Brexit and continued critic of the European Union throughout his presidency. This comes at a time when the UK attempts to sign as many lucrative trade deals with major countries, including the US, as it prepares for life outside the EU from January 1, 2021. But in a significant blow, Anthony Blinken, the man Mr Biden wants as his new Secretary of State, previously referred to Brexit as a “total mess”.

He told the podcast Pod Save The World, which is hosted by former Obama White House staffers, in 2019: “This is not just the dog that caught the car, this is the dog that caught the car and the car goes into reverse and runs over the dog. It’s a total mess.”

Mr Blinken, who also served as Deputy National Security Adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration, added the preferred option from the US would have been for Britain’s membership of the EU to continue.

However, this viewpoint goes totally against that of Mr Trump, who had been a vocal supporter of Brexit throughout his presidency and has often launched scathing attacks against the EU.

Now Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt has taken a dig at the outgoing President and while retweeting an article detailing last year’s comments from Mr Blinken, simply wrote: “Sanity returns to the White House.”

But the outspoken Eurocrat has again sparked another furious response over his continued attacks on the UK leaving the EU at the end of the year.

One person tweeted: “You really need to move on hun. That decision was made four years ago by a free and fair election.”

A second Twitter user wrote: “If EU is so strong, why are you so worried about little old Britain?

“The Lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Another person commented: “Hilarious, man. So it is insane in your view to follow democratic decisions, is it? Got it.

“That is why you will do all you can to prevent other EU countries to express their EU views in referendums, dismissing those as ‘insane’?”

A fourth Twitter user mocked: “Brexit is more like a dog who jumped on a submarine just as it was about to submerge.”

Mr Blinken had made his comments last year at a time when former Prime Minister Theresa May tried – but failed to get her Brexit deal voted through the House of Commons by MPs.

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She eventually bowed to increasing pressure, before tearfully announcing her resignation to the world outside 10 Downing Street.

He had also said during the same interview in 2019: “It’s awful tough to walk that line between interfering in someone else’s politics but also standing up for your own interests and our interests clearly would have been in keeping Britain in.

“Whether we could actually put our nose in this in a way that would have an effect and wouldn’t be counterproductive is a pretty tough question.”

Mr Biden has also been extremely critical of the UK Government’s Internal Market Bill, which seeks to override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement signed with Brussels last year, thus breaking international law.

The proposed legislation would break the Northern Ireland protocol of the treaty that seeks to avoid a physical customs border between the British province and EU-member Ireland.

The US President, who has often referred to the importance of his Irish heritage, has threatened to pull the plug on a trade deal with the UK if the Government does not honour the Northern Ireland peace agreement when it leaves the EU.

Mr Blinken appears to share the same strong opinion and when asked in the podcast from 2019 if the Good Friday Agreement is possible without the EU, he said: “It’s certainly a heck of a lot tougher.

“I think it’s a lot harder without the EU and of course no one wants to go back to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

Recently, Mr Blinken reiterated the new US President is “committed to preserving the hard-earned peace and stability in Northern Ireland”.

He added: “As the UK and EU work out their relationship, any arrangements must protect the Good Friday Agreement and prevent the return of a hard border.”

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