Outrageous! Peter Bone and Will Straw in bid for most furious Brexit row yet
The eurosceptic Tory MP and Britain Stronger in Europe director had a spectacular on-air bust-up.
The Brexit battle is increasingly seeing tempers fraying on either side of the debate.
Last week, Conservative grandee Sir Nicholas Soames subjected fellow Tory MP James Cleverly to a foul-mouthed outburst in the Westminster dining room. Remainer Soames is said to have made it clear he had no interest in talking to his Brexit-supporting colleague. By telling him: "F*** off, you c***."
As he went into battle with pro-EU campaigner Will Straw on 5 News, Tory MP Peter Bone held back from using such language. But he could not hide his exasperation with his opponent’s tactics.
The executive director of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign and son of Labour grandee Jack Straw had suggested that European Union citizens living in the UK could be sent back to the country they were born in should Britain vote to leave on June 23.
Bone insisted that was not the case: "This is outrageous!"
But Straw told him: "You cannot shout me down!"
After buttoning it for a few moments, Bone hit back: "That is the sort of lie that will destroy your campaign.
"There is absolutely no suggestion that people who are here will be sent home and you should withdraw that remark now!"
But at least he didn’t drop the C bomb.