Brexit Secretary again fails to guarantee Wales a voice in Brexit deal

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The British Government has once again failed to guarantee Wales has a say in the UK's future relationship with Europe – that was the message from Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards who challenged the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU in the House of Commons this week.

In parliamentary questions on Thursday, Jonathan Edwards reminded MPs that national and regional Parliaments within EU member states will all be consulted on the final withdrawal deal, and that six months has been allocated for that process.

Mr Edwards asked Brexit Secretary David Davis that "in order to ensure that the future relationship works for every part of the British state" does he agree that "the formal endorsement of the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly should be sought before any final deal is reached—or is it going to be a case of "Westminster knows best"?"

In response Mr Davis again failed to guarantee Wales a voice in the deal, stating "this is a treaty for the United Kingdom."

Earlier in the week Mr Edwards questioned Prime Minister Theresa May to consider a "tactical retreat" and base her position on permanent status within the customs union and single market "instead of accelerating towards an uncertain destiny that costs jobs and further squeezes living standards."

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards said Plaid Cymru would continue to fight to ensure the right of Welsh citizens to be heard. He said:

"As I and my Plaid Cymru colleagues have said before: the British Government is using the Brexit process as a means of recentralising power in Westminster, rolling back the progress we have made towards self-government in order to reinstate Westminster-rule.

"In his answer to me this week the Brexit Secretary once again fails to guarantee our democratically elected representatives in the Welsh Parliament a formal role in influencing the deal with the European Union. This is particularly concerning when we consider the profound economic differences between Wales and England.

"The position of the British Government is even more insulting when we consider that devolved governments within the other EU member states will have an opportunity to influence and effectively veto the deal. The British government needs to say why it refuses to afford the same right to the devolved governments here.

"It is imperative that Wales has a voice. I and my Plaid Cymru colleagues do not believe that Westminster knows best, and we will continue to fight to ensure the right of our citizens to be heard."


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