Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has responded to a victory for the Leave campaign in the EU referendum by arguing that securing economic stability for Wales must now be a ‘top priority.’
Leanne Wood said that while the result of the referendum must be respected, this did not alter the fact that leaving the EU is likely to have a negative impact on the Welsh economy and stressed that Plaid Cymru were "united, confidence and focused" on the task of ensuring that vital funding and powers are handed down directly from Brussels to Wales.
Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said:
“People in Wales and elsewhere in the UK have voted to leave the European Union – their will must be respected.
“The top priority now must be to secure political and economic stability for Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom.
“With Scotland voting to remain and a second independence referendum now on the cards, it is clear that the UK cannot continue in its current form. Wales, its economy and its communities will soon be at the full mercy of the Westminster elite and robust action must be taken to mitigate the impact of this.
“All the promises made by the Leave campaign, with regards to safeguarding grants and financial support for Wales and our NHS must now be fully honoured, not only up to 2020 under current EU programmes, but beyond that into the future.
“Plaid Cymru will work to ensure that every penny and every key power that is handed down directly from Brussels comes to Wales.
“On this dark and uncertain morning for our country, people can rest assured that Plaid Cymru is united, confident and focused on getting the best for Wales. We are determined to do everything we can in order to empower our national institution and protect our communities.”