The backbencher-turned-Brexit poster boy blamed “irresponsible, vote-chasing immaturity” from Irish premier Leo Varadkar and “clear disregard” for the Good Friday Agreement from EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier for the row over the Irish border.
He also praised Theresa May for rejecting Brussels’ demands “firmly and unalterably”.
He said: “The thing she said no to was the egregious act of aggression by the European Commission, under its lead Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, that a friendly European state should be dismembered at its behest.
“This will not happen. Our union has endured rather more unpleasant threats than a policy paper out of Brussels which the Prime Minister has rightly rebuffed. But the presumption of Brussels in even proposing this is an unfriendly act.”
He went on: “Then there is the further problem in what this absurd suggestion – that the Province should be detached from the rest of the country and become a protectorate of Brussels – in fact means”
Separately writing in the Telegraph, the MP for North East Somerset also insisted this was not the time to “nitpick” Brexit.
The PM’s Mansion House speech set out the “hard facts” about Brexit and reminded voters “life is going to be different” after the EU.
The prime minister acknowledged the UK can not have ‘all the benefits’ of the single market without ‘all of the obligations’.
You can read the full HuffPost Verdict on Theresa May’s Mansion House speech here.