Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, has been told in the House of Commons that it’s the UK Government which has the final say on triggering Article 50 [withdrawal from the EU].
Doughty appeared to be pressing for the Remain-supporting Labour-controlled Welsh Assembly Government to have what he called a “full say” in Brexit negotiations – and claimed that his “constituents” are “very concerned” about the result of the E.U.Referendum.
He said “The majority of my constituents in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan voted to Remain and while they are both very concerned about the result they will be even more concerned to think that Parliament will have anything less than a full say in this process – and not least because many executive and legislative competencies are also devolved to the National Assembly.”
He wanted Government cabinet office minister John Penrose to explain “what role he sees Welsh Government ministers – and the Assembly itself – having in making a decision on this final proposals put before us “(sic)
Minister Penrose replied : “ There are a series of discussions which are already under way . We are endeavouring to involve everybody to seek consensus wherever possible but it is also true that ultimately foreign policy is something which is reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament and therefore while we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to contribute, that there is as far as possible a collective position – and a collective view so that we understand what the best opportunities are for the different constituent parts of the United Kingdom.”
“At the end of the day” the minister said ” it has to come back to the United Kingdom Government and Parliament” .