Skip to comments.Welsh Government will now campaign to remain in the European Union
Posted on 06/04/2019 2:21:54 PM PDT by Cronos
The Welsh Government has officially shifted its position on Brexit. It will now primarily argue for the UK to stay in the EU, rather than for its previous proposals for leaving with a deal on the single market and customs union which it said would protect Welsh jobs, prosperity and security.
Brexit minister Jeremy Miles told AMs that it was clear that there was no appetite in the Conservative party at Westminster for the kind of Brexit deal that the Welsh Government might have found acceptable
We sought to reconcile the result of the 2016 referendum with the least damaging kind of Brexit but that effort has now reached the end of the road. The European elections have shown that the electorate remains profoundly divided and indeed the split has widened with many of those who voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum now supporting no deal, and many, probably a majority wanting us to remain within the EU.
Faced by this sort of binary choice ... we as a Government must recognise these realities and change course. In doing so, we make no apology for the policy which we and Plaid Cymru put forward in January 2017. It was an honest attempt to articulate a way of respecting the referendum result while not trashing the economy, recognising that the economic fall-out from a hard Brexit would only intensify, rather than solve, the problems caused by austerity.
So, as a Government we will now campaign to remain in the EU. And to make that happen, Parliament should now show the courage to admit it is deadlocked and legislate for a referendum, with remain on the ballot paper. We have been calling for months for the Government to make preparations in case a referendum should be necessary: now Parliament must make sure it happens.
Let me be completely clear. Any deal will require a new mandate from the electorate: and leaving without a deal must require one also. And - of course - any referendum must include remaining in the EU as an option.
We have always argued that holding a further referendum risks reinforcing divisions, but the European elections have shown that any belief that the country has come together is wholly illusory. And of course, there is the chance that a second referendum might lead to the same result as the first. But we will campaign to remain, working with those within this chamber and outside who share that viewPlaid Cymru has tabled a motion for AMs to debate tomorrow, calling on the Assembly to declare its unequivocal support for a confirmatory referendum on any proposal by the next Prime Minister to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, with remain on the ballot paper. The Welsh Government now looks likely to back that motion.
I can’t wait until Moldova, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Austria and many others vote to leave with most of them actually doing this.
they are calling for political and economic suicide if they stay in the EU. If they want to make the British Isles great again they best follow the Trump lead. His policy is that everyone who deals with the US is a winner.
They could have saved themselves trouble and just accepted the Nazis.
Someone this morning (during the televised Trump events in London) pointed out that the EU is trying to make Brexit as painful as possible to discourage any other countries which might be thinking of trying to leave.
I don't think the EU would make a deal with Wales. They'd be afraid they'd welsh on the agreement. And what if New South Wales then demanded entry?
You spelled “embracing Islamic rapists”.
Always use some term which at least tries to approach honesty in some way.
The term “misgivings” is not even in the same galaxy as honesty in this instance.
That’s the government. How about the people of Wales?
The “United” Kingdom obviously isn’t quite as united as advertised.
The people seem 50:50 split between leave and remain
In all those countries except Moldova the public opinion is more than 60% remain
For a country that fought many battles to break away, and have their independence from England, they are willing to let the EU control their lives.
They see that Ireland has more representation and power within the EU than they, Wales, have within the UK.
After all the EU regulations are unanimous not driven by population numbers as at Westminster
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