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GUY Verhofstadt has stirred up controversy on social media once again after lashing out at the leaders of Hungary and Poland over their threat to veto the EU's budget.

PUBLISHED: 16:43, Fri, Nov 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:43, Fri, Nov 27, 2020

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Both nations are currently at loggerheads with the bloc over an investigation into controversial legal reforms which Brussels claims undermine the independence of judiciaries and media. The EU is threatening to attach conditions to the handout of EU grants in a move which has enraged both Viktor Orban and Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Ministers of Hungary and Poland respectively.

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Speaking in Budapest yesterday, they warned they were ready to veto the EU's £1.6trillion budget unless Brussels relents.

However, MEP Mr Verhofstadt, who was the European Parliament's Brexit representative, tweeted: "No, Mr Orbán and Mr Morawiecki, the rule of law is not a question of sovereignty or subsidiarity but a founding principle of the European Union to protect our citizens.

"That's why Poland and Hungary signed up to it when they joined.

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Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt's tweet provoked a strong reaction - as usual (Image: GETTY/Twitter)

Viktor OrbanViktor Orban in Brussels (Image: GETTY)

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"And why it is non-negotiable now!"

His post prompted a mixed reaction on Twitter.

Angry at the EU not going far enough, Antonio Santo asked: "How much longer before the EU puts these people in their place?

READ MORE: Good job we left! Hungary and Poland refuse to back down in EU clash

Guy VerhofstadtGuy Verhofstadt's tweet (Image: Twitter)

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