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Yesterday, it was reported an EU citizen was held for seven hours at the ferry port in Calais after UK Border Force officials accused him of being a potential drain on Britain’s benefits system.

The Italian hotel manager said his €4,500 (£3,870) in funds was “not sufficient to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your being without working or accessing public funds”.

Following this report, the Belgian MEP took to Twitter to launch a scathing attack on Brexit Britain.

The Brexit critic tweeted: The ‘horrific’ treatment of EU citizens trying to enter the UK on holiday must stop!

“I hope @MarosSefcovic adds this to his long list of concerns to raise with the UK Government.

“If the EU treated British citizens like this it would rightly be a scandal.”

However, the MEP’s claims have been torn apart from social media users who argued the bloc has punished Britain “all the time”.

One person tweeted: “Erm I think the EU is using punishment measures against the UK all the time!

“Just for leaving the club…”

Another person said: “As an independent sovereign nation we are within our rights to decide who can and cannot enter or did you forget that we left the #EU cesspit?”

While someone else said the requirements are not “fundamentally different” to that of UK citizens entering a member state.

A fourth commenter said: “Been elected to anything outside the 12% list job yet?

“Stopped trying to screw the UK since we left?

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“Still fomenting sectarianism in Northern Ireland?

“Great Britain has no need of lecturing from a Flemish nonentity.”

Another person added: “Here he is, so busy in the EU that he’s constantly on Twitter commenting on his obsession and doing his usual stirring.”

While someone else said: “Every EU country treats ‘third country’ citizens in its own delightful way mate.

“Some good… some not so good.”

A seventh person mocked the MEP and said they cannot take him “seriously”.

They said: “Yet you were supportive of French fishermen blockading an island.

“I just can’t take you seriously.”

Others pointed out fingerprinting at the borders is not new and happens in the US.

One person said: “Last time I went to the US they took my fingerprint.

“Was I bothered? No!”

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