Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies has slapped down an assertion made by First Minister Carwyn Jones that the Welsh Labour Government could have its own so-called “red lines” in E U withdrawal negotiations.
The First Minister had said in the Assembly this week that after “Brexit” it would be a “red line” [an absolute and non-negotiable requirement] that Wales should have continued access to the EU Single Market – implying that he would accept continuing uncontrolled EU immigration.In First Minister’s Questions, Carwyn Jones had said “Access to the single market is the European economic area model. There is no other model.
“That has with it, of course, connotations in terms of the free movement of people, but there’s nothing else on the table at the moment. For me, access to the single market is an absolute red line as far as Wales is concerned.”
Speaking yesterday Andrew R T Davies (AM South Wales Central) – who is leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly said :-
“The people of Wales voted to leave the EU and the only red lines of substance are theirs – not Carwyn’s.”
Davies went on to say “Questions over access to the single market are for the future, but it’s clear that voters want to see some degree of control of migration from the EU, so that will need to be included in any deal. As someone who campaigned proactively for a Vote to Leave, I am delighted that the new Prime Minister has confirmed that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, and I look forward to working with Westminster colleagues to achieve the best possible deal for Wales.”
He added “Clearly Wales cannot be worse off as a result of our decision to leave the EU, but Carwyn’s comments betray a lack of ambition. We believe that Wales could be significantly better off out of the EU, and instead of talking Wales down it would be nice to see him embracing the opportunities that Brexit now presents us.”