Dominic Raab ridiculed over pronunciation of 'Larne'
Britain's former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has been mocked on social media for mispronouncing Larne during a television interview.
The Conservative MP and strident Brexiteer was discussing the make-up of the border after Brexit on ITV's Peston programme when he said he had visited "the port of Learn".
Port of whatnow? pic.twitter.com/6z0Ov9pkGV— JPCampbellBiz (@JP_Biz) July 4, 2019
The former Tory leadership contender then described how instead of being checked at the border, livestock entering the north from anywhere in the world could be checked at Larne.
He also suggested checks on goods could be performed "at depots and warehouses away from the border."
Port of Learn? Maybe that was where he learnt about Dover-Calais being an important trade route?— Marcus Leroux (@marcusleroux) July 4, 2019
Twitter users were quick to pick up on the error:
Will they never Larne?— Niall (@NiallcNPC31) July 4, 2019
‘Port of Lerne’?? If he’s trying to do the Larne accent he’s got a lot to lerne. https://t.co/qxrr30c9Gy— Declan Long (@declanlong) July 4, 2019
Mr Raab was speaking after an independent commission chaired by senior Tories warned that measures to avoid a hard border in Ireland could be ready within three years.