Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM has announced that Plaid Cymru members will vote at their conference next month on a motion in favour of standing in the impending general election on a platform to revoke Article 50.
A general election would supersede the party’s present policy in favour of a confirmatory referendum.
Mr Price also warned that revoking Article 50 at the end of October would be necessary to avoid a crash out Brexit if the prime minister were to refuse to comply with the law by not requesting an extension to Article 50.
Mr Price said that the Plaid Cymru group of Assembly Members will jointly table an emergency motion on the policy to the party’s conference alongside its four MPs and its Member of the European Parliament.
Writing in the Sunday Times last month, Mr Price said that pro-Remain parties should be prepared to revoke Article 50 if it became clear that the “electorate is denied a final say on the Brexit outcome through a referendum”
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said:
“With the prime minister intent on ripping us out of the EU without a deal, and Jeremy Corbyn failing to provide any meaningful opposition, our nation is facing a crisis.
“Plaid Cymru has been consistent that we could never and will never accept anything that would be detrimental to the Welsh national interest.
“As the Yellowhammer document showed, a crash out Brexit would mean a significant risk to jobs, shortages in food and crucial medicines, and rising fuel prices.
“As a party, we continue to believe that the best way of resolving the current chaos is a referendum. But if a general election comes before a referendum, it will effectively be a proxy for a referendum.
“In that case, Plaid Cymru must provide the people of Wales with the opportunity to vote for a party that is unequivocally in favour of Wales remaining in the European Union.”
Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts MP said:
“While disorder reigns at Westminster, it falls to Plaid Cymru, as Wales’ leading party of Remain, to act in the Welsh national interest.
“A general election is not the best way to end this chaos. The whole question of Brexit should be put back to the people in a confirmatory referendum.
“However, with the Labour party in disarray and the Conservatives disintegrating in front of our eyes, we may find ourselves in a general election before a referendum. In that election we will make the case to revoke Article 50 as the only way of avoiding the certain catastrophe of crash out of the EU without a deal.
“Pro-Remain MPs may need to revoke sooner rather than later. If the British Government ignores the law and refuses to seek an extension, as they have indicated, we must be ready to revoke at the end of next month to avoid a catastrophic no deal scenario.”
Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru MEP for Wales, said:
“Plaid Cymru has been clear that the best way to avoid the certain catastrophe of a crash out, no deal Brexit is to put the whole thing back to the people in a confirmatory referendum.
“But if the point comes when a general election happens before a referendum, Plaid Cymru, as Wales’ leading party of Remain, must be clear that a vote for us is a vote in favour of staying in the EU.
“A crash out Brexit would be a complete and utter disaster for Wales – decimating our agricultural industry and putting thousands of jobs at risk. We will not stand by and allow that to happen.”