Speaking on Sky News this morning, the former home secretary Amber Rudd said of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal:

Our government's own assessments are that this will hurt the economy I think by 4-6 per cent a year so it's serious stuff, but I still think it's the right thing to do because we had the referendum in 2016.

She goes on to say there are steps the government can take to "try and mitigate that".

Still, it's a bizarre notion for a politician to say they want to back something which their own assessments show to be damaging to the economy.

This was not lost on viewers, who pointed out the blindingly obvious.

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