A member of the DUP has faced criticism after suggesting people “go to the chippy” in response to suggestions a no-deal Brexit could lead to food shortages.

Sammy Wilson made the comment in the House of Commons this week during a debate on the next steps to Brexit.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who was sitting in front of the DUP MPs who help prop up Theresa May’s majority, said the party should be “ashamed”.

We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras.

But the DUP’s Gavin Robinson told BBC News NI that the remark should “not be taken too seriously”.

Mr Wilson made the comment from a seated position while SNP leader Ian Blackford was speaking about the potential impact on food supplies of a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Blackford did not at first hear the comment, but Ms Lucas later raised it with him to ask whether or not he shared her anger at Mr Wilson’s words.

The SNP MP said: “I’m sorry to hear that that was a remark that was made.

“You know this is a really important debate and I think there is a responsibility that we take these matters seriously, each and every one of us.”

Mr Robinson, the DUP MP for East Belfast, later told BBC Radio: “If it was said, it was said in humour and I’m sure it was received as such.”

Comments

Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

Learn more
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Create a commenting name to join the debate

Please try again, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted
Loading comments...
Loading comments...
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Loading comments...
Loading comments...