The Welsh Labour Government’s narrowly re-elected First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has said that if the UK votes “Leave” tomorrow then Wales would make its own agreements with the EU.
This policy appears to mean that – in effect – Jones and his Welsh Assembly government would seek to override and ignore the declared will of the British people.
Jones has cited the example of EU member states with territories outside the union, such as Greenland and the Canary Islands. He’s posed the question “If it’s possible to do it where a country is a member state, why not if a country isn’t a member state?”.
Jones has told BBC Wales that after a Leave win – he would not trust the Leave Campaign’s leaders to negotiate with Brussels on behalf of Wales . He says “If there is a Leave vote on Friday we have to take steps to talk to the EU ourselves in Wales. I’m not going to rely on that lot in the Brexit campaign to represent Wales in Brussels, or at all.” [PDN Note: In fact such a negotiation would be carried out by the elected UK Government]
The First Minister also claims there are “no guarantees” that financial aid which Wales receives from the EU would be matched by UK ministers after a Brexit.
UKIP Leader Nathan Gill says : “Britain joined the EU together and we will leave the EU together. And it is Westminster that will argue and fight for the best deal for us but they will fight for the will of the British people and what we’ve said. The links will be retained because obviously Europe wants to trade with the whole of Britain.”