IT was good, but rather surprising, to hear Michael Gove say on Tuesday that the Prime Minister had been lying when he said any difficulties with the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK were “teething problems”. Something that any sane person would have already realised.

In Parliament, Gove said that the problems were more “intrinsic” and there were issues that had been overlooked in the haste to get a deal signed off.

However, he did insist that all of this could be resolved and he would do so along with his EU counterpart. He didn’t sound convincing though. What a mess.

Meanwhile, the PM must be overjoyed to have one of his senior ministers calling him out so publicly. What next I wonder?

D Duell, Durham.