During an unusual on-air confrontation over the Northern Ireland protocol legislation, Suella Braverman called ITV’s Robert Peston a “Remainiac.”
As he probed the presenter over plans to remove Brexit laws, the Attorney General accused her of’make-believe’ and pretending the EU is ‘always in the right.’
When Peston told her that the legislation she had personally signed ‘plainly breaches the law,’ Ms Braverman said, ‘That’s not correct Robert.’
‘I’m afraid I have to say, if I may put it that way, this is your Remainiac make-believe that the EU is always right and the UK is always wrong…’
‘No, I believe there’s a lot the EU does that is consistently incorrect, and I am absolutely not a Remainiac,’ Peston answered irritably.
Ms Braverman launched a similar assault during a BBC interview, prompting the brutal debate last night.
Sarah Montague of Radio 4’s World at One questioned why ministers “kept doing things that others deem to be criminal” and whether she was “happy” with the government’s “law-breaking” image yesterday.
‘With respect, I believe it’s a BBC view, if you don’t mind me saying, that the UK government is always evil and the EU is always the honest broker and the good people,’ Ms Braverman said.
‘Prorogation was decided by the Supreme Court,’ Montague remarked.
Ms Braverman stated that negotiation was her “preferred option” to the Northern Ireland protocol.
‘Listen, for now, my preferred choice is negotiation, and my call to our EU colleagues is to return to the table and substantively engage with our proposals,’ she added.
‘They have failed to do so for more than two years, and we have been left with no choice but to take these actions.’
Ministers have been more willing to criticize what they consider to be prejudice in BBC interviews.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss slammed Today host Mishal Hussain for saying that the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill would restrict the UK from criticizing totalitarian countries like Russia earlier this week.
‘I wonder how comfortable you feel with the reputation that this Government has built up as a law-breaking government – we can go back to prorogation, Partygate, the Northern Ireland protocol, deporting asylum seekers – I wonder how comfortable you feel with the reputation that this Government has built up as a law-breaking government?’
The confrontation occurred as Brussels risked a trade war by initiating a legal action against Boris Johnson’s proposals to abrogate portions of the Brexit agreement in order to relieve political pressure in Ulster.