First Minister accused of ‘bluff and bluster’ over Brexit


Plaid Cymru has criticised a video message posted to the First Minister's official @fmwales Twitter account on Tuesday, in which Mark Drakeford called on the prime minister to “make sure that we leave the European Union on the best of terms.”

Mr Drakeford said in the video that leaving the EU without a deal would be “disastrous for all parts of Wales”, and particularly for farmers and our rural communities. Despite that, he went on to call on the prime minister to deliver Brexit regardless.

The first minister has previously stated his support for a second referendum, and claimed that the Welsh Government would campaign for Remain in that referendum. Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles has also publicly reaffirmed that position.

Responding to the new video, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said that Mr Drakeford was guilty of the same “bluff and bluster” of which the first minister himself accused the prime minister.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said:

“Mark Drakeford accuses Boris Johnson of ‘bluff and bluster’ and it is, of course, correct that Mr Johnson does indeed have his eyes firmly set on a crash out Brexit.

“But in calling on Mr Johnson to deliver a Brexit ‘on the best possible terms’, the First Minister is guilty of the same bluff and bluster of which he accuses Mr Johnson.

“This is weak at a time when we need the First Minister to be strong. He should be calling for a referendum in which we can campaign to remain.

“The truth is: there is no such thing as a ‘best possible terms Brexit’. Any version of Brexit would be a disaster for Wales’ communities, business, and agriculture.

“That is precisely why the need to put it back to the people for a confirmatory referendum is so great. I implore the Prime Minister to do so urgently.”

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