She accused the EU of putting the world’s poorest at risk by blocking millions of pounds going to British aid organisations because of Brexit.

Ms Mordaunt let rip at Brussels over revelations the European Commission is discriminating against UK charities and aid organisations by telling them they will be dropped from aid projects if Britain leaves the EU without a deal next year.

She told the Commons International Development committee that 20 per cent of all EU aid funding is spent by British NGOs.

Ms Mordaunt said: “We are clear that the European Commission must remove these disclaimers it is using to hinder British Aid organisations from delivering the common goal of alleviating poverty which would hit the world’s poorest people hardest.

And threatening to pull British funding of EU projects in the future, she added: “We are shocked and disappointed by this behaviour, which does not set a good precedent for any future partnership and I have been very clear that if we are contributing to UK funds and new projects then UK NGOs must have access and we are now looking at how we can use the aid budget to protect UK organisations from this discriminatory practice.

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