Wales is ‘in the dark’ over Brexit, says Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood

Leader slams 'contradictory statements' of Brexit ministers and demands clarity


Leanne Wood is calling for much greater clarity about the process and substance of leaving the European Union.

Writing for the Times Redbox, the Plaid Cymru leader accuses UK government ministers of being full of ‘nothing but contradictory statements, with comments from one minister ridiculed by another’.

While accepting the result of the referendum, which in Wales saw just over 52 per cent of people voting for Brexit, she argued that this did not amount to a vote for hard Brexit.

Concluding that the UK was ‘still in the dark’ over what Brexit will mean, four months after the referendum, she argued that while the High Court ruling giving parliament a formal role in triggering Article 50 must be accepted, this ‘should not be seen as an opportunity to overturn the result’.

She instead argued that it provided an important opportunity for the 48 per cent of voters who backed Remain ‘to have an input’ and pursue a soft Brexit.

Her article comes as Plaid Cymru today launch a campaign in both Westminster and Cardiff Bay to hold ministers in both governments to account over what Brexit will mean and how it will work for Wales.

This in turn comes amid growing signs that at least one, if not more, of the devolved governments are due to get behind the effort to uphold the decision in the Supreme Court to allow parliament a vote on when to trigger Article 50.

Pressed about the issue on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme yesterday, Gina Miller, the claimant who has led the legal campaign, commented:

“We are expecting a number of governments to join us. But their case will be different to ours. They will be talking about their own particular interests.”

Ed Jacobs is a contributing editor to Left Foot Forward

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