“I couldn’t be more pleased with the Daily Mail calling me a saboteur and saying I had to be crushed,” Lord Mandelson said.
”The other day The Sun newspaper devoted a leader [column] to denouncing my treachery and my lack of patriotism,” he added with apparent glee.
Watch the clip, above.
Last week, the Mail used the description of ‘saboteurs’ for those attempting to undermine the process of Brexit.
Its front page headline ‘Crush The Saboteurs’ was carried across a picture of Prime Minister Theresa May.
The splash sent shudders through social media. May later distanced herself from the tone taken by the paper.
During his Newsnight interview, Mandelson explained his efforts to coordinate a cross-party group to advise voters which candidates in June’s election are supporters of a ‘hard’ Brexit - and those who oppose Brexit entirely.
The movement, named Open Britain, is “against giving Theresa May the blank cheque she’s looking for,” he said.
“They will be different people from different parties,” he said. “We’re not telling people how to vote... if I had a vote, I would be voting for the Labour candidate.”
But when asked what the Labour Party’s position on Brexit was, Mandelson quipped: “Well, search me.”