Reality TV star, Joey Essex, has broken his silence by wading into the constitutional row over the UK’s Brexit withdrawal, offering to mediate between what he calls ‘them hoity-toity geezers what’s in parliament all shouting the odds at one annuver, and that.’

Speaking to reporters he said: ‘I don’t fink this proroguing malarkey is well ream. People should just be friends and not go kicking off about this and that. Know what I mean? And that dumpy matey Boris… what’s he like, eh?’

‘Mind, I don’t know naffink about the issues. I’ve only just recently learnt to tie my shoelaces. But not being funny, I don’t fink my lack of a cogent grasp on the salient matters should preclude me from having a valid view. Now should it?’

And there was support for the lovable simpleton from an unlikely quarter, former Father of the House Kenneth Clarke, who said. ‘Mr Essex represents the view of the man on the Clapham Omnibus, and Parliament ignores him and his his homespun wisdom at its peril.’

‘Indeed had I been PM I should certainly have seriously considered bringing him into government as Tsar for the Man in the Street, following our last success when David Cameron engaged Mary Portas to save the nation’s failing high streets. What a towering success that turned out to be.’