Tuesday 21 August 2018

Leo Varadkar described as a 'nutcase' by DUP's Brexit spokesman

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Getty Images
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been described as a "nutcase" by the DUP's Brexit spokesman.

According to the website Politico, Sammy Wilson accused Mr Varadkar of being naive, inexperienced and arrogant.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
DUP MP Sammy Wilson. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

He was speaking as Mr Varadkar was being lauded by the majority of the European Parliament for a speech he gave on the future of Europe.

Mr Wilson, who is one of the 10 MPs from the DUP who underpin Theresa May's minority government in Westminster, criticised the Taoiseach for siding with European Union negotiators in Brexit talks.

He reportedly said Mr Varadkar is a “nutcase” and claimed there had been a change of tone from Dublin since he took over from Enda Kenny. 

Mr Wilson said the UK government should find a way of either “cajoling or enticing” the Irish government into taking the “natural position” to “cut [the U.K.] some slack,” warning that siding with “hardline EU negotiators” could destroy the Irish economy.

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