Talking to Irish Politicians the German’s say what they really think
Senior German politicians told an Oireachtas delegation who travelled to the Bundestag that British politicians are a “disgrace” and their response to Brexit is “farcical”.
Two Irish senators and a TD were briefed by the German parliament’s finance committee on Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Fine Gael senator Ray Butler, who attended the meeting, said the German politicians launched a scathing attack on their counterparts in Britain.
The German finance committee had recently returned from a visit to Westminster where they met their British counterparts, according to Mr Butler.
“They said they met the finance committee in London and they were shocked by the way they handled themselves,” Mr Butler said.
“They said they were making it up as the went along and were very poorly prepared for Brexit.
“It was actually farcical is what they said. They came out of the meeting very bemused and annoyed,” he added.
Independent senator Gerard Craughwell, who led the Irish group to the Bundestag, confirmed that the German politicians raised “deep concerns” about the UK’s preparedness for Brexit.
“They found the British finance committee unprepared for Brexit and said they didn’t seem to have considered the impact leaving the EU would have on Britain’s economy,” Mr Craughwell said.
The delegation also included Fianna Fail TD Kevin O’Keeffe.
The politicians were accompanied on the mission by Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany Michael Collins.
A report on the Ireland-Germany parliamentary friendship group’s visit to the Bundestag notes disappointment in Britain’s decision to leave the EU by both German and Irish politicians.