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Dublin: 3 °C Sunday 17 November, 2019

People are losing it over this UK MP getting so many facts about Ireland wrong on Sky News last night

Ah stop.

IT WAS ALL drama in the Brexit/Irish border negotiations yesterday – as the DUP stepped in last-minute to scupper a potential deal between the UK and Irish governments.

Leo Varadkar even had to field questions about his choice of vest after rocking up to an emergency cabinet meeting straight from the gym:

Brexit Source: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

A noticeable trend over the past few days has been some British politicians not exactly having a detailed grasp on the situation – like when Iain Duncan Smith suggested that Ireland are playing hardball on Brexit because we have a *presidential* election due.

This reached a tipping point last night when Tory MP Bernard Jenkin appeared on Sky News, and some of his facts about Ireland weren’t accurate… at all

If you can’t see the video, click here

“If you listen to Bertie Ahern, if you listen to Enda Kelly – these are two former Taoiseachs, Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland – they haven’t quite played ball like the present Irish Prime Minister”

bertire2 Source: Sky News/@Moorerichardpr

A longer clip shows him referring to the two men as “former Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland” again later in the interview

If you can’t see the video, click here

Irish people watching were flabbergasted at what had gone down – and the clip started circulating on Twitter

bertire3 Source: @HemmensBen

He should probably be aware that Northern Ireland doesn’t have a Taoiseach given… it’s part of the UK

It’s almost an achievement to make so many mistakes in such a short period of time

The Wikipedia entry for Northern Ireland might see a spike in traffic from Westminster if this continues

Bernard Jenkin is now topping this particularly depressing league table

Jacob Rees-Mogg – you’re going to have to step it up.

If you’re going to get Enda’s name wrong, at least go with the tried and trusted

Was it for this etc?

A nation braces itself for another day as the main story in the British media.

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