A Brexit group just called the EU’s chief negotiator a “smackhead” on their official Twitter

The Leave.EU campaign, funded by UKIP businessman Arron Banks, tweeted the remark to 136,000 followers.

Leave.EU, the unofficial Brexit campaign funded by UKIP businessman Arron Banks, just called the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier a “smackhead” on Twitter.

The attack comes hours after Barnier told UK Brexit negotiators to “get serious” and start “negotiating seriously”. It seems taking things seriously is the last thing Leave.EU wants to do.

The comment, which is strong even by Leave.EU’s own standards, was made in a tweet of a photoshopped image of Barnier, complete with a belt around his arm and some bad teeth, with the caption:

“Please Mr Davis, just one more hit of British taxpayer money!”

“Michel Barnier is acting like a smackhead begging for his next hit our money. Time for this depraved addict to go cold turkey!”, reads the tweet.

Leave.EU were a major force in Brexit campaigning and have continued to disseminate their message since to over 800,000 Facebook followers and over 160,000 Twitter followers.

As the official Vote Leave campaign has largely gone quiet since the referendum, Leave.EU have continued churning out content, which has increasingly descended into offensive attacks on leading Brexit figures.

Their “campaigning since has bordered on the outright racist and has had damaged the Brexit cause”, a Leave supporter told the New Statesman.

They recently lauded European far-right groups attending to disrupt refugee boats in the Mediterranean, for example, and have regularly praised the actions of president Donal Trump.

The increasingly offensive and downright childish output of Leave.EU can’t be thrown off as irrelevant — they have huge engagement on social media. Their success shows Brexit has unleashed some ugly forces in the UK.

4 Responses to “A Brexit group just called the EU’s chief negotiator a “smackhead” on their official Twitter”

  1. David Lindsay

    From Counterfire to the Morning Star, they are raising concerns that deserve to be taken seriously. But I have not been a member of the Labour Party in many years, and I never will be again. If I thought that Keir Starmer had pulled a fast one on Jeremy Corbyn and committed Labour to the Single-Market-and-Customs-Union-forever that is favoured by most of the Cabinet, then I would say so. I am not saying so, because I can see no evidence whatever that that is so. None of the several key policies in Labour’s 2017 manifesto that were absolutely incompatible with Single Market membership has been abrogated in any way. Several of those policies, such as the renationalisation of the railways, were and are immensely popular, and it is undeniable that everyone who voted Labour this year did at some level vote for that manifesto. Therefore, it simply cannot be the case that the majority of those voters was in favour of “Soft Brexit”.

  2. Chris Lovett

    There is nothing in the treaties that rule out nationalisation – it’s a Euro Myth.

    See – Article 345
    (ex Article 295 TEC)
    The Treaties shall in no way prejudice the rules in Member States governing the system of property ownership.

  3. Mike Stallard

    Ooooer…
    Is this some kind of teenage girls’ dormitory?
    Brexit, surely deserves some real thought, not just idle gossip.

  4. NHSGP

    is Junker a pisshead?

    The evidence is there to see on youtube.

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