He made his argument during a debate on the proposed transition period after Britain leaves the EU next year.
Labour MPs have repeatedly moaned that the Government needs to outline its plans for the EU negotiation as there is now just over a year until the UK officially withdraws from the trade bloc.
However, countering the narrative, one member of the audience said: “There’s this preoccupation that time is running out for us.
“But time’s running out for French farmers, Germany car manufactures, for Spanish tourist resorts, and last of all, time’s running out for Italian politicians.
“They have got a debt that makes ours look like toy town.
“They have got elections coming up.
“They have got more than 60 per cent unemployment.”
A total of £318billion of imports came to the UK from the EU in 2017 and a lack of a trade deal would, therefore, have a massive effect on European businesses.
The reminder that the EU is desperate for the deal with the UK was met with loud applause from other audience members.
However, left wing commentator Ash Sarkar then patronisingly put down the argument when given the opportunity to respond by David Dimbleby.
She said: “I really appreciate an apocalyptic tone, it feels really dramatic.
“I would say, a lot of this bellicose tone of they need us more than we need them, I’m afraid sounds quite deluded.”
The pathetic attempt to put down the UK’s international capabilities and imply that the country would struggle without a deal from Brussels was met with groans and sighs from the audience.
The media personality then went on to admit that she would like to see the UK remain in the customs union.
She said: “I think preserving the customs union is essential to protecting the perishable goods trade.”
Later in the programme, another member of the audience accused those arguing for the UK to remain in the customs union of ignoring the democratic wish of the British people.
He exclaimed: “You can’t have a hard or a soft independence.
“We don’t want some of our sovereignty back, we want all of our sovereignty back.”