There is still “a lot of space” in hell for Brexiteer politicians who campaigned to leave with no plan, Donald Tusk has declared.
The European Council President doubled down last night on his claim that there’d be a “special place in hell” for prominent Leavers.
Asked if the special place in hell should be extended to include more members of the Commons, Mr Tusk said: “According to our pope, hell is still empty.
“It means there’s a lot of space [in it].”
As journalists burst out laughing an aide said awkwardly: “I think this is the right moment to conclude the press conference.”
To cap it all, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker then shouted at the world’s press: “Don’t go to hell!”
The exchange came at the end of a terse midnight press conference in which the EU announced a delay to Brexit.
Either the UK will leave on May 22 if MPs back a deal, or if they don’t, delay to just April 12 and face another cliff-edge choice.
Mr Tusk made his original “special place in hell” claim last month at a point when Brexit talks were in deadlock.
He said: “I’ve been wondering what the special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it safely.”
At the time his claim prompted uproar from Brexiteers in the UK, who accused Mr Tusk of smearing more than 17million people who voted to leave.
Remainers argued it was clear he had been referring to politicians who “promoted” Brexit, not the British public.