Dutch PM Rutte SAVAGED by MPs for 'predicting UK collapse to get pat on back from Juncker'
Thierry Baudet, the leader of the eurosceptic Forum for Democracy, launched a withering attack just as Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte tried to back away from his anti-Brexit stance.
The party leader said that the Dutch prime minister refused to listen to the will of the Dutch people after twice rejecting anti-EU referendums.
Mr Baudet warned that national parliaments had become a “stepping stone” for politicians who wanted a cushy job in Brussels.
In the passionate speech to the Dutch parliament, Mr Baudet warned that the Netherlands had no other choice to be supportive of Brexit.
Britain is among the top three trading partners of the lowland country, as well as their second biggest export market
MPs has largely ridiculed the prime minister’s attempts to attack Brexit since the European country’s economy relies so heavily on Britain.
Mr Baudet warned: “It is more important for us than it is for Britain to maintain good relations. But Mr Rutte fails to understand this.”
He added: “Unfortunately the interests of the party cartel are not the same as the interests of the country.
“These career politicians see their future in Brussels and Strasbourg. The Dutch Parliament is just an inconvenient stop along the way.”
Mr Baudet ripped into the Prime Minister’s desperate Brexit fear-mongering, in which he claimed the “the UK would collapse politically, economically, monetarily, and constitutionally”.
However, since the Brexit vote, the UK has become the fast-growing economy in the G7, while unemployment has dramatically declined.
The right-wing politician said European leaders had become servants of Brussels, all of whom were desperate “to get a pat on the back from Juncker, even if it means insulting one of our main trading partners”.
Earlier this week, Mr Rutte held a joint meeting with the leaders of Ireland and Denmark, to coordinate their Brexit strategy as all three countries heavily depend on Britain for trade.
Following the meeting, the three leaders pledged to co-operate together to make sure Britain is not punished during Brexit talks.
After mocking Mr Rutte’s previous anti-Brexit declarations, Mr Baudet was relieved that the country’s leader had finally decided listened to the people following months of pressure.
He said: “It is our duty to give the British as much support as possible in the diplomatic battle they will have to wage against the EU over the next two years.
“We have to take an open constructive approach towards Brexit instead of trying to score points with Juncker.
“The British can now take control of their own borders and determine who they do and do not want to let into their country
“They can make their trade deals without the suffocating straightjacket of EU negotiations. We must help them with that.”
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