"Bashing Britain and having tension with Britain is quite helpful" - Former Chancellor criticises Ireland over Brexit 2 weeks ago

"Bashing Britain and having tension with Britain is quite helpful" - Former Chancellor criticises Ireland over Brexit

“It’s possible there's a political agenda here."

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative MP Norman Lamont has had his say with regards to the current Brexit situation, and Ireland's role in the negotiations.

Speaking on BBC's Newsnight on Tuesday night, Lamont criticised Ireland's tactics, saying that "it's possible there's a political agenda here."

Lamont implied that Irish politicians were critical of Britain purely for the sake of their own good, saying that "bashing Britain and having tension with Britain is quite helpful” ahead of an election in Ireland.

Speaking about whether or not he feels Ireland is making the right decision, Lamont said: "The EU may come to the Irish and ask them ‘are you really sure?’"

Meanwhile, also on Newsnight, Ireland's Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe spoke about the increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, saying: "I believe that a no-deal Brexit and the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal is a very credible and material risk now."

However, Donohoe also said that he believes that it is "possible that we could see agreements in which Britain enters into a transition agreement in advance of them finally departing before the European Union".