The Leave.EU campaign group on Wednesday October 9th apologised after it published an offensive tweet, describing Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel as a “kraut,” a colloquial term that is considered offensive by Germans, Reuters reported.
The tweet published by the Brexit campaign group showed the image of Merkel raising her hand aloft, with the words “We didn’t win two world wars to be pushed around by a kraut,” alongside her. It was later deleted.
The term ‘kraut’ was used by American soldiers and some British soldiers as well to describe Germans during World War II.
"We went too far on this one and apologise unreservedly," Leave.EU spokesperson Andy Wigmore said by telephone.
"In these days of uncertainty and tribal anger over Brexit, perhaps we should all be a little less angry with our rhetoric on both sides.”
The tweet was posted, apparently in response to reports about unacceptable demands allegedly made by Merkel, including keeping Northern Ireland within the European Union’s customs union following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
Trade between the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, currently happens with few restrictions, as for now they are both part of the EU’s single market. Without the backstop in place, trade between the two parts of Ireland will be subject to many more restrictions, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
Arron Banks, who financed the Leave.EU campaign, criticised the “kraut” tweet, saying, however, that “the real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the UK."