Published On: Tue, Mar 13th, 2018

Brexit news: Scottish MEP calls Brexiteers ‘Charlatans, SHYSTERS and IDIOTS’ | Politics | News

Alyn Smith sparked a furious response in Brussels when he launched the shocking attack on Britain’s 17.4m Brexiteers.

The SNP MEP was asked to withdraw his comments by several MEPs after his tirade, which came during a European Parliament plenary session on the future relationship between the UK and EU after

Mr Smith began by thanking Tory MEP John Flack for giving way in the debate and allowing him to speak before launching into an outrageous attack on Brexiteers.

He said: “Thank you Mr Flack for giving way and may I congratulate you for being the very first United Kingdom Conservative to actually contribute to this debate today.

“Does it not strike you as strange that all your colleagues who are acting as midwife to the Brexit vote – we’ve heard plenty from the Brexiteers, the charlatans, the shysters, the useful idiots today – but you’re the first United Kingdom conservative, the Government of the United Kingdom, to actually speak today?

“Do you not think you could have said something more than warm words, flannel and nonsense.”

This rant was met by applause from other MEPs and a furious response from Mr Flack and many others.

Mr Flack responded: “I am sorry that you consider the offer of friendship and cooperation bad words. That is what the British Conservatives and the British people are offering.”

Mr Smith was then asked to withdraw his remarks.

Steven Woolfe, an independent MEP formerly of UKIP, said: “On the matter of parliamentary language, I would ask Mr Smith to withdraw the use of the word shyster.

“As someone of Jewish heritage, he should be fully aware and fully understand the power of that term and how demeaning it actually is.”

Mr Woolfe’s objection was met with applause from a number of MEPs.

The chair of the debate refused to allow Mr Smith to respond because she feared it would become a “very debased debate”.

The term shyster is used to refer to a nefarious character, often a lawyer. It has been argued the term also has anti-Semitic undertones.

Other interpretations of the origin of the word relate to the German word Scheisser – literally translated as defecator.

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