“Will Welsh Labour MPs be free to back Plaid Cymru over Remain, or be forced to toe Corbyn’s line?”

Plaid Cymru will campaign for Remain, while Labour continues to refuse to rule out campaigning for Leave.

Plaid Cymru has today (Saturday) written to Labour to ask it to confirm whether or not its Welsh MPs will be forced to back Jeremy Corbyn if he eventually decides to campaign for Leave.

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader and candidate for re-election in Dwyfor Meirionnydd, wrote to Labour’s Shadow Welsh Secretary, Christina Rees.

Yesterday, Plaid Cymru launched its manifesto with a commitment to holding a People’s Vote – in which it would campaign for Remain – as the best way of stopping Brexit.

Meanwhile, Labour says it favours a second vote, but its leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to rule out campaigning for Leave.

In her letter to Christina Rees, Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts said:

"I am [...] writing to ask for your clarification: if Labour decides to campaign for Leave, will Labour MPs for Welsh constituencies be bound by Jeremy Corbyn’s whip? Or will they be given the freedom to back Plaid Cymru’s campaign for Wales to Remain in the European Union?

"Given all that is at stake, I would welcome a commitment from any of your candidates to back Plaid Cymru over Mr Corbyn if he eventually falls on the side of Leave. Brexit poses a material risk to the agricultural and manufacturing industries of Wales and threatens to cause untold social and economic harm to our nation.

"Plaid Cymru has been clear that we could never stand by and allow that to happen. I invite you and all other Labour candidates in Wales to join us in committing now to campaign for Remain."

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