Leave.EU delete and apologise for Angela Merkel ‘Kraut’ post

A tweet by Leave.EU that labelled German Chancellor Angela Merkel a 'Kraut' has been removed following a major backlash.

The pro-Brexit group posted a picture on Tuesday that showed Mrs Merkel with the caption: "We didn't win two world wars to be pushed around by a Kraut."

The post was put up following reports that Mrs Merkel told Boris Johnson in a phone call that Northern Ireland must remain in the customs union after Brexit.

The tweet was widely condemned after it was posted on Tuesday (Twitter)

However, the post was widely condemned and it resulted in Leave.EU deleting the tweet this morning, while senior figures also took to Twitter to apologise.

Co-founder Arron Banks tweeted: "The @LeaveEUOfficial team went too far yesterday...

"As a result we will delete the post and apologise accordingly..."

He added that "the point could have been made better".

The official Leave.EU Twitter page quoted Mr Banks, adding: 'We're sorry."

Leave.EU's comms director Andy Wigmore also said that the tweet was "not appropriate" and "went too far".

File photo dated 21/8/2019 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, ahead of talks to try to break the Brexit deadlock. Downing Street has said it is clear that EU has adopted a new position on Brexit following a call between the two leaders earlier Tuesday.

The Independent Group for Change MP Chris Leslie criticised the way the phone call between the Prime Minister and the German chancellor on Tuesday morning was briefed to journalists, and described Leave.EU's tweet as "racist".

Responding to the briefing about the phone call, Michael Gove said: "I take this opportunity at this despatch box to entirely disassociate myself from any sort of racist or demeaning language towards Germany - they are our friends, our allies, they are a great country."

The PM's official spokesman acknowledged there had been a "frank exchange" with Mrs Merkel.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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