Owen Smith BLASTS Corbyn Over “Mistake” To Sack Anti-Brexit Frontbencher


Owen Smith has described Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to sack him over his anti-Brexit stance as a “mistake” which goes against the Labour leader’s principles.

Writing for the Guardian last Friday, Owen said: “I’m pleased my party has taken a big step in this direction by backing continued customs union membership, but we need to go further.

“Labour needs to do more than just back a soft Brexit or guarantee a soft border in Ireland.

“Given that it is increasingly obvious that the promises the Brexiters made to the voters – especially, but not only, their pledge of an additional £350m a week for the NHS – are never going to be honoured, we have the right to keep asking if Brexit remains the right choice for the country.”

As a result of the comments in the Guardian, Mr Corbyn sacked the former Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, sparking strong divisions in the shadow cabinet who are increasingly disagreeing over Brexit.

Hitting out at the decision, Smith said:  “It’s the biggest economic crisis that our country will have faced for many, many generations, and I think there is a danger that we sleepwalk towards effectively supporting a soft Brexit outcome that we know is going to be damaging to our economy.

“It’s the first instance I can think of in living memory when a government is pursuing a policy that they know is going to make our economy smaller and reduce people’s livelihoods and life chances, and I cannot understand why we in Labour would support that.”

Later hitting out at Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott for supporting Corbyn’s decision, he said: “It’s interesting to have Diane Abbott defending the decision. She said something very similar just a couple of months ago and she hasn’t been sacked.

“For Jeremy Corbyn in particular, who’s always understood the value of people standing by their principles.

“It’s the position that he’s often adopted, and it’s certainly a value in him that others have extolled and, in truth, I think that’s all I’ve done.

“I’ve stood by my principles on what I think is the most important economic and security issue facing our country for generations.

“Labour needs to shift its position and that’s what I was trying to achieve.”

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6 Responses

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Jeremy Corbyn is said to have made a mistake in sacking Owen Smith. That is quite likely since the Abbott woman said much the same, but is continuing in her front bench position ! Personally I consider the Labour Party of 2018 to be a huge mistake ! On top of this, Corbyn would have the British people believe that they are the Government in waiting ! British voters must ensure that this never happens, or its curtains for our Nation ! The mess that is the Tory Government is only slightly better, but what the Nation needs is UKIP, with its first rate manifesto !

  2. StuartJ says:

    -“…the promises the Brexiters made to the voters – especially, but not only, their pledge of an additional £350m a week for the NHS – are never going to be honoured…”
    …while rabid Remainers like Owen Smith et al keep demanding to stay in the Customs Union/Single Market or calling for a second referendum. As well as lying about the ‘message on the bus’ which never actually said all of the £350m would go to the NHS.

    -“It’s interesting to have Diane Abbott defending the decision. She said something very similar just a couple of months ago and she hasn’t been sacked.”

    Diane Abbott is unsackable because she is black. Diversity and all that.

  3. Margaret Robinson says:

    Should read leader. Damm predictive text

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