Statement on High Court ruling on Article 50


Commenting on the High Court ruling that the UK Parliament must vote on whether the UK Government can start the process of leaving the European Union, Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards, said:

"Plaid Cymru welcomes the High Court ruling that the UK Government must gain Parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50, and begin the process of leaving the European Union.

"It is ironic that after months of rhetoric around making Parliament sovereign, the UK Government wanted to bypass the Parliament on a decision of such importance. It is right that the UK Parliament should have a say, but it is important too that the national Parliaments of the UK have a say too, including the National Assembly for Wales.

"More important than the vote on Article 50 however, is what will happen afterwards – whether or not the Parliaments of the UK will have a say on the terms of the negotiation.

"The people of Wales voted to leave the European Union and we must respect that decision, but nobody has voted for a ‘hard Brexit’. Being dragged out of the single market and the customs union as well as the European Union will devastate the Welsh economy and we will continue to resist any attempts to do so."

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