Ireland has "undermined" British governments for at least the last century, according to broadcaster Robert Peston.
The presenter of ITV's Peston On Sunday was yesterday interviewing Conservative MP and prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, whom he described as a keen student of British history.
The broadcaster asked Mr Rees-Mogg: "Ireland has undermined, the issue of Ireland in so many different ways has undermined, British governments, you know, going back well over 100 years now."
Mr Rees-Mogg suggested that the issue of Ireland had undermined British politics for "much more than 100 years. It's a very long and complex history."
Mr Peston's comment provoked outrage on social media.
"Nothing so pathetic as a little Englander agonising why nearest - independent - countries get on with their own priorities. But an embarrassment Peston," one wrote. Another tweeted that it was "astonishing and disappointing from Peston. Ireland hasn't undermined British governments for 100 years, it's been occupied by them".
Others took a different approach: "Don't blame Ireland for your woes. We're just sitting back watching the UK implode... It's a great watch to be honest."