His defeatist remarks were blasted by deputy Ukip leader Peter Whittle and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, both of whom received a rapturous applause for criticising the Labour MP’s dismal Brexit outlook.
Smith told the Question Time audience: “I think Brexit going to be a disaster for our economy, and I think we need to think much harder about what it’s going to look like for our children and for my constituents.”
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You are treating people like they are stupid – they knew exactly what they were voting for, they knew we were coming out of the single market
His attack on the decision to leave the EU was drowned out by boos from the Torquay audience, frustrated by the Labour MP who appeared unwilling to rally around Theresa May’s calls to “unite our country” after the Brexit vote.
Ukip deputy leader Peter Whittle immediately responded, launching a scathing attack on Smith as well as Europhile Claire Perry MP, who earlier this week likened hard Brexiteers to jihadis during a Commons debate.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal 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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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
The Torquay audience did not respond well to Smith's Brexit forecast
Mr Whittle said: “Owen on this programme last year, you said… you would absolutely ignore the vote.
“We’ve got Claire here – part of a political class that’s doing everything it can… to delay and prevaricate.
“You are treating people like they are stupid – they knew exactly what they were voting for, they knew we were coming out of the single market.
“They knew all of these things, and this is a condescending argument we’re having now.”
Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe joined the attack on Smith, telling the audience: “Owen’s position is very clear.
“We will have a referendum – if you don’t give us the answer we want, we’ll have another one!”
This is the second time this week Owen Smith has attacked Brexit and refused to accept the outcome of the referendum.
Speaking in the Commons as MPs debated the Article 50 Bill, he said: “I sincerely believe Brexit is going to be a disaster for our country, one that is going to cost us and future generations in lost trade, in lost revenue and in lost opportunities.
Ann Widdecombe suggested the Labour MP was unwilling to accept the referendum result
“I equally believe it is a disaster for us to be dividing the country as we have done on this issue, on our values, on the crucial things we often hold in concept.
“I also think it is deeply destructive for us to have engaged in Brexit and unleashed a catalytic force of, in my view, destructive politics not just in this country but across the West.”
Despite his Brexit attack, Theresa May’s Bill passed through the Commons without any amendments and is now set to be debated by the House of Lords.
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