Victory for Leave would result in lurch to the right warns Leanne Wood


Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has today warned that a victory for the Leave campaign in the EU referendum would lead to "a lurch to the right" in terms of the political landscape of the UK.

Writing for today's Times, Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:

"The question over the future of the UK's place in the world has descended into what seems like a poorly-organised meeting of the Eton Debating Society – a relentless exchange of abuse and accusations among the London elite.

"Meanwhile, the voices of the individuals with most at stake – women, young people, those worst off – have been shut down as the Conservative party forces its existential crisis onto every front page. The scarcity of space for progressive forces at the forefront of this debate has been lamentable.

"When I joined my colleagues Caroline Lucas of the Green Party and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP a few weeks ago to outline our reasons for backing Remain, many commented on how our progressive arguments had injected much-needed positivity into the debate.

"It is this spirit of optimism and solidarity in a community of nations which safeguards women and workers’ rights and which allows people to travel freely to learn and explore that we must raise our voices to celebrate over this crucial remaining week of the campaign."

Speaking ahead of being joined in Cardiff by Alex Salmond MP to campaign for a Remain vote, Leanne Wood added:

"I am pleased to welcome Alex Salmond to Cardiff today to campaign for the UK to remain a part of the European Union.

"Plaid Cymru and our sister party the SNP have been clear in our condemnation of how the debate has been dominated by this Tory civil war.

"There is a strong progressive case to be made in favour of the EU and it must be heard loud and clear in this final week if we are to avoid UK politics lurching to the right.

"A vote to Leave would put Wales at the full mercy of Tories in Westminster who make Cameron and Osborne look almost reasonable. Only by backing Remain next Thursday can we give our nation the best chance of avoiding further cuts to public spending and an increased threat of privatisation."

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