Published On: Sun, Aug 6th, 2017

Cable lashes out at eurosceptic ‘martyrs’ and claims the UK risks having ‘Brexit jihadis'


Sir Vince blasted that hardline supporters of Brexit were not martyrs, sacrificing their jobs and money for the good country, but masochists.

Writing for the Mail on Sunday, Sir Vince said: “To describe such masochism as ‘martyrdom’ is dangerous.

“We haven’t yet heard about ‘Brexit jihadis’ but there is an undercurrent of violence in the language which is troubling.

“We have already had the most fervent of Brexiteers, such as Nigel Farage, warning of civil unrest if the ‘will of the people’ is frustrated.

He added: “There is already more than enough bad-mouthing of opponents and questioning of the patriotism of those who criticise the Government.”

The 74-year-old Remainer also criticised the elderly who voted in large numbers to leave the European Union, accusing them of “shafting the young”.

Sir Vince said: “The martyrdom of the old comes cheap since few have jobs to lose.

“And even if the country were to become poorer, their living standards are largely protected by the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension and many can rely on occupational, final salary, pensions which are closed to younger people.

He added: “Pensioners have suffered rela­tively little from the aftermath of the financial crisis – unless they were slow to shift savings from banks to shares or property.

“The old have comprehensively shafted the young.”

But he claims the young had their revenge when Theresa May lost her majority in the General Election.

The MP for Twickenham said: “At the Election, the young took their revenge, or thought they had.

“They got behind Jeremy Corbyn, seeing in him a pro-European champion, and punished Theresa May’s Tories for pursuing an extreme Brexit.”

His comments come as a Government official squashed EU claims of ‘Brexit chaos’ and told Politico the UK is prepared for the divorce talks

The official told Politico: “There is a cranking up of the machine into another gear. There is an awareness that we have to get to the European Council having shown seriousness.”

And additional sources have revealed that the UK will pay no more than £36billion to the EU in order to settle the Brexit divorce bill.

Three senior Whitehall officials have claimed the Government is willing to break the deadlock in negotiations by offering a take it or leave it deal.

A senior Whitehall source told The Telegraph: “The 27 say they can’t knock off the bits of their ‘bill’ until the very end – but politically we can’t move on money until the 27 member states start to show compromise.

“We know (the EU’s) position is 60billion euros, but the actual bottom line is 50billion euros.

“Ours is closer to 30billion euros but the actual landing zone is 40billion euros, even if the public and politicians are not all there yet.”



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