Hunt told to 'open a history book' after EU 'Soviet' jibe

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter
Jeremy Hunt has been told to brush up on his European history after comparing the EU to the Soviet Union.
The foreign secretary has provoked a backlash after accusing Brussels of wanting to "punish" Britain for Brexit, comparing the bloc to the USSR trying to stop its citizens leaving.When asked about the comment, a European Commission spokesman said: "I would say, respectfully, that we would all benefit, and in particular foreign affairs ministers, from opening a history book from time to time."Sir Simon Fraser, the Foreign Office's permanent secretary, said Mr Hunt was guilty of a "shocking failure of judgement", while his predecessor Lord Ricketts said the remark was "unworthy of a British foreign secretary".

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Meanwhile, Germany's Europe minister Michael Roth told the foreign secretary: "Sorry, Jeremy Hunt, the EU is no prison!"And diplomats from countries that were once part of the Soviet Union also hit out.Latvia's ambassador to the UK said the EU had brought her country "prosperity, equality, growth, respect" after decades of Soviet rule that had ruined lives.Baiba Braze said: "Soviets killed, deported, exiled and imprisoned 100 thousands of Latvia's inhabitants after the illegal occupation in 1940, and ruined lives of 3 generations, while the EU has brought prosperity, equality, growth, respect."
@faisalislam— Baiba Braze ?? (@BaibaBraze) [url=]September 30, 2018
While Tina Intelmann, Estonia's representative in London, said the description was "insulting".
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