WATCH: Mariano Rajoy slammed for ‘ugly’ rejection of BBC journalist’s question on Brexit because it was in English

His behaviour was labelled 'incredibly rude and ugly' by critics

LAST UPDATED: 13 Mar, 2017 @ 10:34
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MARIANO RAJOY has been criticised for rejecting a question asked in English about Brexit before promptly moving on to another journalist. 

His behaviour was labelled ‘incredibly rude and ugly’ by critics, while social media was confused by the abrupt shut down.

During the PM’s EU summit conference in Brussels, BBC journalist Nick Eardley asked Rajoy: “A Brexit question in English, if you don’t mind?”

Rajoy frowned and responded in Spanish: “Come on man, no, we are not going to do this,” before swiftly moving to a different reporter.

It is believed Eardley had intended to ask if Spain would veto the EU entry of an independent Scotland.

 

 

 

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  1. Rajoy has no class whatsoever. If he thinks he can treat people on the world stage in the same way he treats his little Spaniards he is in for a rude awakening. Shooting down a BBC journalist? Did he not expect that to be shown all over the world in 2 minutes?? It seems he might have a slight lack of education.
    But on the other hand he is just showing the world what ‘marca España’ is all about…

  2. Excellent answer.
    It seems that little britain´s reporters don’t know that, when you are asking a question to a Jefe de Estado, it has to be in HIS first language.
    Surely this reporter like the 99% of britons is another chronic monoglot.
    It would not be a surprise if he lives in Spain.

  3. The journalist was impolite and Rajoy acted correctly. He only must respond to questions formulated in spanish or in an autonomical lenguaje. If he respond to a question formulated in english he will be obligued to respond equally to questions made in each of the different lenguajes of the world.

  4. When in Rome do as the Romans do. LEARN the language and stop criticising the people from that country. If you pride yourself in being a professional, act like one. Expect a person in his own country to speak in a foreign language because you can’t be bothered to learn it is kind of a bit insulting and rude to the other professionals present, isn’t it?

    • He wasn’t in his own country. He was in Belgium. It’s not really about the language he was speaking, but more the rude and ignorant attitude he showed to the world. He is no great statesman, and he made the Spanish people look like fools to the rest of the world. But hey, if you applaud his actions and can’t see how he embarrassed Spain then that’s your problem, not mine.

  5. When in Rome do as the Romans do. LEARN the language and stop criticising the people from that country. Decency has a say in this matter. If you pride yourself in being a professional, act like one. Expect a person in his own country to speak in a foreign language because you can’t be bothered to learn it is kind of a bit insulting and rude to the other professionals present, isn’t it? Is a BBC reporter supposed to be considered way above everything and everyone else when he’s in a foreign country? What makes him so special?

  6. I asked the OP to withdraw the comment that was’nt made by me, using my name – they have not done so. The OP knows full well it does’nt come from my ISP and has not removed it. This has happened with other posters. By not removing these comments they are condoning them and therefore are implicit – time to inform the appropriate authorities.

    I have not posted on this forum since I said I was finished, to allow this obvious fraudulent post has only confirmed I was right.

    All comments using my name are not mine.

  7. OP. WOULD YOU PLEASE POST THIS AS IT MAY CLARIFY CERTAIN ANSWERS TO VARIOUS QUESTIONS.

    BREXIT AND EXPATS.
    HOW MANY BRITISH EXPATS ARE THERE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION?
    Just over 4.5 million Britain’s live abroad, with approximately 1.3 million of them in Europe, according to the United Nations

    WHERE ARE BRITAIN’S EXPATS IN THE EU?
    The top destinations for British expats in the European Union are Spain (host to around 309,000), Ireland (255,000) and France (186,000)

    COULD EXPATS REALLY BE BARRED FROM EU HEALTHCARE AND BENEFITS?
    It’s possible, but unlikely-not least given that it would open the door to retaliatory measures from the UK, which hosts its own share of expats from European nations.

    COULD BREXIT SEE EXPATS DEPORTED BY EU MEMBERS?
    Almost certainly not. Many lawyers argue that British expats living elsewhere in the EU at the time of Brexit would have individual “acquired rights” under international law.

    COULD MY SECOND HOME IN FRANCE OR SPAIN BE SEIZED IF BRITAIN LEAVES?
    No matter how hostile European nations become after Brexit, they still Have to respect individual property rights. Both the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights make this clear.

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