Alexandra Phillips delivered a colourful assessment of the EU and its position on Brexit in a comment piece for The Daily Telegraph. It comes as the UK and EU edge closer to a post-Brexit trade agreement, expected on Christmas Eve.
Talks have continued through the night, with both parties close to resolving matters such as fishing rights. The current trade arrangement ends on December 31.
Ms Phillips describes the union as “benign and benevolent” and said its “audacious demands made securing a progressive future relationship unattainable”.
She said “leaving the horror bloc is not just preferable, but the only sane choice”.
The commentator also believes Brussels is “megalomaniacal” and “unable to compute the concept of an independent nation making a success of bespoke democracy”.
Ms Phillips wrote: “If anyone personifies the inherent absurdity at the heart of the project, it’s floppy-haired fanatic Guy Verhofstadt, once Prime Minister of Belgium and now manically gesticulating showboater in the European Parliament.”
The piece, published on Wednesday, follows remarks made by fellow former Brexit MEP Martin Daubney.
Mr Daubney, who worked as a Brexit MEP from 2019 to 2020, described Mr Verhofstadt as a “useful idiot”.
He spoke in response to a provocative Tweet by the former Belgium PM about border closures resulting from the discovery of a new Covid-19 strain, writing: “Thank you @guyverhofstadt on behalf of the 17.4million who voted Brexit.
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“They will now start to understand what leaving the EU really means…”
Documentation of the post-Brexit trade deal is said to be around 2,000 pages long.
European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer tweeted on Wednesday: “Brexit work will continue throughout the night.
“Grabbing some sleep is recommended to all brexit-watchers at this point. It will hopefully be an early start tomorrow morning.”
Lord Barwell, Theresa May’s former chief of staff, said of the deal: “The truth is the deal means the introduction of significant barriers to free trade e.g. customs and regulatory checks.”
But he added that “it is better than no deal and we could certainly do with some good news”.