The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of disrespecting the people of Northern Ireland by a leading DUP minister following the breakdown of Brexit negotiations on Monday.
Mr Varadkar who has previously reiterated his stance when comes to a border between the North and South following Brexit, has seemingly been criticised by DUP minister Jim Shannon who claims the Irish prime minister is not respecting the will of the Northern Irish people who want their future decided by the British Government.
Mr Shannon who was the subject of a debate with former Scottish secretary Ian Murray on Monday, said the future of Northern Irish politics lied with those in Westminster and not with Mr Varadkar.
The lively debate which came less than a few hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May backed out of deal previously agreed with the Taoiseach, also seen the two men voice their disapproval at each other regarding their respective pololicies with Mr Murray saying the three members of the DUP within Westminster are holding the Government around its neck.
Mr Murray also claimed that the three DUP ministers involved were actively holding up the Brexit negotiations and that they were the real Government in Westminster as Mrs May was doing everything to appease the DUP in order to hold on to power.
However Mr Shannon reiterated his own stance and said the people of Northern Ireland were disrespected by Mr Varadkar when he said he spoke for the people of Northern Ireland and the DUP along with other political figures within Northern Ireland didn’t.
He finalised by saying that Mr Varadkar should know that the power to decide the peace process and the future of Northern Ireland was with Westminster and not him.