Mr Smith, who was responding to viewers’ email, sparked outrage after one viewer said: “A sensible verdict from the Supreme Court, now it’s up to our MPs, like Owen Smith, to stop Brexit. Are they brave enough?”
“Yes,” the Remainer replied, much to Derbyshire’s surprise. The host hit back and said: “There’s not enough of you to stop Brexit, let’s be realistic.”
The Pontypridd MP, who challenged Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership last year, conceded the point but went on to make the case for a second EU referendum.
Owen Smith called for an "ultra-democratic" second EU referendum
The right thing to do then is to allow the British people once more in a ultra-democratic moment to confirm whether they really want the hard hard Brexit they are likely to get
“I think that’s probably right because the majority of MPs will vote in favour of Article 50, Jeremy Corbyn is right to be tabling the amendments,” he said.
“We won’t have a meaningful vote at present but now we know that there is going to be the hardest of hard Brexits from the Tories.
“They’re prepared for us not for us to be in the single market, not to be in the customs union, for us to tumble out of the European Union into some fantasy world where they imagine we’re gong to strike global trade deals.”
Mr Smith said it was time to inject “some reality” into the process and said another vote would allow young people, who were not able to have their say previously, to have their voices heard.
BREXIT: Supreme Court Ruling
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Lead claimant in the Article 50 case, Gina Miller delivers a statement outside the Supreme Court in London
Owen Smith said the Tories were taking the UK into a "fantasy world"
“We are a global trading nation, we always have been, we’ve got to get some reality back into this process,” he said.
“So at the end of it, if we get to the point where we’ve got the worst possible set of Brexit outcomes, which is where I fear we may well end up, the right thing to do then is to allow the British people once more in a ultra-democratic moment to confirm whether they really want the hard-hard Brexit they are likely to get.
“[This time] including the expats and the 16, 17 and 18-year-olds who didn’t get a vote last time.”
The call comes after Supreme Court judges upheld the High Court decision on Article 50 with a majority of eight to three.
Theresa May now has 67 days to secure the consent of Parliament before starting Brexit talks.