Plaid Cymru has set out its demands for the impending Brexit ‘plan’ from the UK Government, demanding that it clearly states its likely trajectory on trading policy.
The party has reiterated its position, backing continued membership of the single market and customs union outside the European Union and has called on the UK Government to clearly set out its position in the ‘plan’ due to be published before Parliament votes on triggering Article 50.
The party’s Brexit spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, said that while the UK Government has a mandate to leave the European Union, they do not have a mandate to determine the future relationship without consulting Parliament. He urged the Prime Minister to set out her intentions on whether she will pursue single market and customs union membership, a bespoke deal or revert to generic World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
A poll conducted in Wales in December revealed an overwhelming majority in Wales favour continued single market membership over controls on immigration.
Commenting, Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, said:
“While Wales voted to leave the European Union, nobody voted to cut their own wages or make themselves redundant.
“200,000 jobs in Wales depend on our trade with the single market and it is our duty as politicians to represent the interests of the people who put us in Parliament and I cannot vote for something that I haven’t seen.
“It is imperative that the UK Government’s plan for Brexit clearly outlines as its first objective, the trajectory of its likely trading policy post-Brexit. Membership of the single market and customs union? A bespoke deal? Or revert to generic World Trade Organisation rules? The plan must make this clear to us as politicians and to the public at large, what the UK Government intends to do before we are asked to vote on it.
“Plaid Cymru has made it clear from the beginning that we will not vote for anything that is not in the interests of the people of Wales. We respect the fact that Wales voted to leave the European Union but nobody has voted to determine what our future relationship will be – whether we want to cut all our economic ties with Europe as well as the political ties for example.
“It is clear to me and to most in Wales that as an exporting country that relies heavily on selling its goods to the single market and to countries with whom the customs union has bilateral trade deals, maintaining economic ties is essential. It is not unreasonable that I ask on behalf of my constituents and my compatriots, for the UK Government to tell me whether they intend to maintain those ties or recklessly destroy them.
“Plaid Cymru advocated a Remain vote in the referendum but in light of the decision of the people of Wales to leave, we now favour continued membership of both the single market and customs union, outside the European Union.”