Brexit ‘plan’ must outline UK position on single market


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.”

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  • Sharon Rees
    commented 2017-02-01 23:35:25 +0000
    Re’ Brexit Parliamentary vote: this was a national vote not a constituency vote. An MP should not pretend to know better than the constituents he/she represents!! There should be a reason for them to uphold their constituents needs – not upholding their own personal interests at the expense of voters, knowing they are secure until the next election. ‘Human happiness may rely on our ability to conquer a natural fear of upsetting the status quo’. Welsh people are bold, don’t assume we are all ostriches – represent our wishes, our hopes and our ambitions please!
  • robert bazalgette
    commented 2017-01-25 12:47:45 +0000
    A Tory Brexit is a disaster for Wales and the UK. Our young people are being denied the advantages of the freedom to travel, live and work in Europe without restrictions. The economic arguments are secondary to the loss of rights under European laws, the loss of protection from exploitation and environmental destruction. This move will go down in history as one of the most negative and regressive changes to our country in modern times. I do not believe that people voted for the kind of changes we are going to see, and I believe we were mis-informed, mis-lead, and lied to throughout the referendum process. We should resist Brexit in whatever way we can. The motivation of the architects of Brexit is deeply disturbing. The Brexit vote was won using a mixture of lies about economics and appeals to racism and xenophobia.

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