Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, and Wales’ member of the Brexit Select Committee, Jonathan Edwards, has responded to the triggering of Article 50.
Jonathan Edwards said:
“The British Government has made a choice to pursue the most extreme Brexit option possible and the weak and divided Labour opposition has allowed it to happen.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a better way – a sensible and moderate Brexit, protecting our economic links with the rest of the world and our place within the Single Market, protecting the funding from which so many across Wales and the rest of the British Isles benefit and protecting the opportunities for young people to expand their horizons and career prospects.
“The Prime Minister said that she would seek a UK-wide agreement before beginning her Brexit negotiations but instead she has acted as if she is the head of a unitary British State, wilfully ignoring the fact that she is the Prime Minister of a Union of four members. The weak and divided Labour opposition has allowed this to happen and the spineless Labour Welsh Government continues to neglect its duty to stand up to Westminster for the interests of the people of Wales.
“The UK Prime Minister has set the British State on a course towards a cliff-edge but it doesn’t have to be this way. Plaid Cymru will continue to fight for a more sensible conclusion to the Brexit referendum that puts jobs, wages and people’s quality of life before irresponsible ideological obsessions.”
Speaking in Brussels today, Jill Evans MEP said:
“The triggering of Article 50 may signal the start of the UK's withdrawal from the EU but it must also signal the start of Wales's renaissance as an independent European nation.
“The UK government is prepared to crash out of the EU without taking into account any of the priorities outlined in the Welsh White Paper produced by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru.
“I will leave no stone unturned in finding the best opportunities for Wales out of the turmoil that lies ahead of us. I will take any and every chance to influence the negotiations to keep us in the Single Market and to have the ability to continue participating in the many EU programmes that have benefitted Wales.
“We have not achieved our full potential and today must mark the start of a search for alternative ways of doing that.
“As the negotiations begin, the European Parliament begins discussing its own position. I will continue to ensure that Wales’s voice is heard in Europe at every step of the negotiating period.”