We warned you Leo! #Varadkar #Brexit showboating BACKFIRES as expert predicts ...

LEO Varadkar's rampant europhile tendencies have been exposed by a former Irish diplomat, who said the ex-Taoiseach's stubborn adherence to the line laid down by the European Union was now coming back to haunt his country.

PUBLISHED: 08:23, Thu, Jan 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 08:23, Thu, Jan 7, 2021

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Ray Bassett also predicted resentment against the deal signed by Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen would fuel euroscepticism and could eventually lead to “Irexit”. The agreement has already been roundly condemned by representative of Ireland’s fishing industry who accuse Irish domestic leaders, and those in Brussels, of betraying their interests.

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And Mr Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, warned Mr Varadkar and successor Micheal Martin they only had themselves to blame for the looming backlash.

He told Express.co.uk: “The Irish Government successfully made Brexit a patriotic issue.

“The mainstream media joined in and anybody who acted rationally, and said it was in Ireland's interest that the UK got a good deal, was regarded as a traitor.

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Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar has been warned he facing a backlash in the shape of rising euroscepticism (Image: PA)

Ursula von der Leyen Leo VaradkarUrsula von der Leyen and Leo Varadkar in Brussels (Image: GETTY)

“They hyped up the rhetoric because their argument lacked substance.”

Mr Bassett added: “The Irish establishment were only too glad to be used as a weapon against London.

“They built up the line that they were defending an open border on the island of Ireland even though the UK was equally determined to avoid any new installations.

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Leo Varadkar Theresa MayLeo Varadkar and former PM Theresa May outside Number 10 (Image: GETTY)

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“Now it is clear to the Irish public that Brexit did not turn out as Leo and Coveney had forecast.

“And this is making people think they were led up the garden path."

Mr Bassett, an advocate of Ireland following the UK’s lead and leaving the bloc, warned: “With the UK out of the way, the Irish establishment will no longer be able to play the anglophobia card to bolster the EU.

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