19th Feb 2023

Penny Mordaunt on Sophy Ridge, Sky News

Boris Johnson’s Northern Ireland intervention ‘helpful’, says Mordaunt

An intervention by Boris Johnson in the row over solving the post-Brexit deadlock in Northern Ireland is ‘not entirely unhelpful’, Penny Mordaunt has said, as work to clinch a deal with the EU goes down to the wire. The Commons leader suggested concerns reportedly raised by the former prime minister were a welcome reminder to Brussels of the threat that Britain could try to unilaterally override the Northern Ireland protocol. The bill designed to do so is paused, but Mordaunt said that ‘Boris is being Boris’ and added: ‘The intervention by a source close to the previous prime minister is helpful to remind the EU of that bill’

Original article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2023/feb/19/boris-johnson-northern-ireland-intervention-helpful-penny-mordaunt-video