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DUP lodges complaint over QUB professor's 'hell too good' for no-deal Brexiteers tweet

Professor John Brewer
Professor John Brewer

A DUP councillor has written to the Vice Chancellor of Queen's University after a professor tweeted that "hell is too good" for Brexiteers.

Professor John D Brewer made the comments after European Council President Donald Tusk said there was a "special place in hell" for those Brexiteers who advocated leaving the EU "without a sketch of a plan".

Taking to Twitter post-conflict studies professor Brewer backed Mr Tusk's comments saying "special place in hell for no deal Brexiteers? Hell is too good for them".

DUP Ards and North Down Councillor Peter Martin said that he has written to Queen's Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Greer concerning Professor Brewer's comments.

"Many of my constituents have identified themselves as 'no deal Brexiteers'. Free speech is valued in a democracy; but with it comes responsibility," he wrote.

Of the hundreds to respond to Professor Brewer, some backed him, others described the comments as "disappointing" saying he should delete the tweet.

Responding to the criticism Professor Brewer said he was talking figuratively about a "wrong/bad place".

"Hell is not real. It’s not a place. It is figurative not literal. Figurative speech for a wrong/bad place. A ‘no deal Brexit’ - which is the kind referred to - is thought by many people to be one such bad place," he tweeted.

When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph Councillor Martin directed us to the DUP press office. We have not yet received a response.

Queen's University has also been approached for comment.

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