ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston was left dumbfounded today as Tory Cabinet Minister Priti Patel repeatedly answered questions about the General Election by talking about the EU referendum.
In an interview on Peston on Sunday, the International Development Secretary refused to accept that Theresa May’s decision to call the recent election was a mistake, as “we are now in a position where we are leaving the European Union.”
The decision to leave the EU was taken in a referendum in 2016, and the notification of the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc was made in March - two months before the election was held.
Peston tried his best to get Patel to focus on what the impact of May losing her majority in the Commons would have on Brexit, but the Witham MP seemed to struggle with the question.
It’s not the first time Peston has lost his cool with a Tory minister, as last month he told Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon “don’t argue with me” as the pair clashed about security policy.