GUY Verhofstadt has stirred up more rage among Brexiteers on social media after taking another swipe at Home Secretary Priti Patel over the Government’s plans to end freedom of movement.
The European Parliament’s Brexit representative took to Twitter after Ms Patel heralding the safe passage through the Commons of The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020. Speaking in the Commons, Ms Patel said: “Last year the British people sent a clear message that they wanted to end free movement and our landmark Immigration Bill delivers exactly that.”
Her words were shared by the Conservative Party’s official Twitter account – but Mr Verhofstadt was swift to react, posting: “Removing rights and denying opportunities is not progress. #IamEuropean”
Fellow Twitter users were swift to pour scorn on the former Belgian Prime Minister.
PaulineF got straight to the point, commenting: “Keep your nose out of our affairs.”
Richard Paul Johnson said: “Guy, I know you struggle with this concept.
“You don’t have the ‘right’ to enter a sovereign state.
“You enter with the permission of the state, which has the full right to police it’s own immigration system on behalf of its people.”
Several others took the opportunity to remind Mr Verhofstadt about the 2016 referendum result which saw the UK vote to leave the bloc, albeit narrowly.
Tim Keegan said: “It’s what we voted for Guy, it’s called democracy!”
Nicki Hattingh added: “Removing sovereignty and denying self-determination rights is not progress.
“Thankfully the UK is restoring both. That’s certainly progress – for the UK.”
Another Twitter user drew attention to Mr Verhofstadt’s IamEuropean hashtag, saying: “We are Europeans too Guy.
“Difference is we know we don’t have to pay to be friends and partners nor fund our neighbours by way of taxation & trade theft.
“That’s not friendship Guy is it. That’s continental socialism & the UK said no more!”
Another offered Mr Verhofstadt sarcastic praise, saying: “Thanks Guy for doing such sterling work showing many Brits what a vile, destructive Ponzi scheme the EU really is.”
Another predicted more nations would follow Britain’s example, with one saying: “We are leaving and others will follow!”
However, not everyone was so unsupportive.
Ed Smith said: “Guy, please believe me when I say we will be back and when we are, we will play and full and proper role in the EU !!!”
Another added: “So many of us are utterly heartbroken over this disastrous #Brexit project.
“It doesn’t represent us, our values, our politics or our vision of our place in the world. #IAmEuropean #Rejoin”
Mr Verhofstadt responded to another tweet by Ms Patel on the same subject in May, saying: “Scoop! Britain is the first country in world history to open up by pulling up the drawbridge!”
He likewise provoked a strong reaction, with one user saying: “Nothing pleases me more than seeing how triggered you are by Brexit becoming a reality.
“All that hard work you did to try and overturn a democratic vote failed. Thanks Guy, I needed that.”
Keep your nose out of our affairs