Plaid Cymru will oppose the agreement between the UK Government and the Labour Party to unconditionally support triggering Article 50, the party’s Brexit spokesperson has said.
Jonathan Edwards MP accused the Labour Party of neglecting its duty as the official opposition in giving away its unconditional support for a plan that has not yet been published.
The Carmarthen East & Dinefwr MP said that while the Government has a mandate to leave the European Union, it does not have a mandate to decide what the future relationship will look like, and said that Plaid Cymru MPs will wait to see what the Government’s plan will look like before it commits to voting to trigger Article 50.
Commenting ahead of the vote, Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, said:
“This agreement between Labour and the Tories to support each other’s amendments stinks of yet another Westminster stitch-up.
“Our role as Parliamentarians is to scrutinise what the Government brings forward. In supporting the Tory amendment, agreeing to trigger Article 50 regardless of the content of the Government’s plan, the Labour Party is neglecting its duty as the so-called ‘official opposition’.
“The Labour Party rightly demanded that the Government publishes a plan before Article 50 is triggered, but are now giving away their unconditional support before they’ve even seen that plan, making their own demands completely meaningless.
“It would be irresponsible of me to neglect my duties as an MP to support something I haven’t even seen. It may well be that once the plan is published, Plaid Cymru could support it, but to commit to supporting it when all the Government has said is that Brexit will be red, white and blue, would be deeply irresponsible.
“What we need is assurances that our businesses won’t face additional costs; that exports to our key trading partners will remain tariff-free; and ordinary people won’t face cuts to their wages. Real tangible economic assurances, not meaningless identity politics.”