Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies – Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly (and who campaigned for Leaving the EU) is working to head-off a blatantly undemocratic attempt by the Welsh Labour Government to exclude “Leave” supporters from forthcoming negotiations in UK withdrawal from the European Union.
In EU Referendum, Wales voted overwhelmingly in favour of Leave with 854,572 (52.5%) of Welsh voters supporting withdrawal from the EU votes – against only 772,347 (47.5%) who voted for Remain on a turnout of 71 .7%.
Yet now the Welsh Labour/Liberal Coalition Government in the National Assembly has declared that it sees “no merit” in Leave advisers being involved in a committee of Welsh advisors being established to assist Conservative MP David Jones in preparing for EU withdrawal negotiations.
Andrew R T Davies is demanding that the negotiating team must include politicians who campaigned for Leave (or “Brexit”) in its negotiations on withdrawing from the EU, according to the leader of the Welsh Conservatives. He says the Welsh Labour Government has signally “failed to reflect public opinion”.
Yesterday UK Prime Minister David Cameron said all the devolved governments would be involved in Brexit negotiations and Conservative MP David Jones called for the Welsh Government First Minister to appoint a Leave supporter to advise him in the vital talks .
Andrew R T Davies said that despite the expectations of many, “Wales has proven itself to be a Eurosceptic nation”. As negotiations in relation to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU continue, the Welsh Government must ensure public opinion is better reflected as part of this process.”
Davies said the country needed “strong leadership that reflects the wishes of its people, and ensures the best deal for our country in this new era.That should include a role for those politicians of all parties who campaigned for a vote to leave.”
A Welsh Government spokesman is quoted as saying “We don’t see any merit in this idea. The Welsh Government will work through the consequences of the vote in good faith in the interests of the people of Wales.”
Meanwhile Leanne Wood the leader of the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru – which is propping up Labour in power in the National Assembly – says her party wants to “keep the option open of remaining part of the European Union. We see our future as using pound sterling; we see the potential for pooling other functions, and that remains to be seen what they are.”
Wood is also now reviving the party’s dormant demand for Independence for Wales . She says “There’s a discussion to be had between the different countries that make up the United Kingdom. Everything has been thrown up in the air by last Thursday’s vote.”