Committee chairman Simon Hoare MP questioned the LCC representatives on their past comments on the use of violence.

Joel Keys, 19, was asked about a post he made online on April 12, that stated: “To say violence is never the answer is massively naive, sometimes violence is the only tool you have left.” Asked if he stood by the comments, Mr Keys replied: “I would stand by the comments. You know there are certainly certain circumstances where violence is the only tool you have left.

“For example, I don’t think the people living under Kim Jong Un’s sort of dictatorship is going to get anywhere with peaceful protests anytime soon.”

He was then asked specifically about the use of violence were the Northern Ireland protocol to become “embedded” and deemed to be working by the UK Government and the EU.

He said: “I am not sure if and when and violence will be the answer. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t sort of rule it off the table.”