Welsh parliament backs calls for People's Vote preparations to begin immediately

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A joint Plaid Cymru-Welsh Government motion calling for ‘work to begin immediately on preparing for a public vote’ has passed with a substantial majority in the National Assembly for Wales.

The joint motion was agreed following constructive discussions between Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government following last night’s votes in Westminster.

The passed motion also:

  • Condemned the Tory UK Government for failing to engage with the devolved institutions and other parties;
  • Called for a ‘catastrophic’ no deal scenario to be taken off the table and for Article 50 to be extended;
  • and called on the Westminster parliament to step up discussions with the devolved legislatures

Speaking following the result of the vote, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price said:

“As Westminster descends into chaos and fantasy, the Welsh Assembly has shown the way forward by giving its enthusiastic backing to begin preparations for a People’s Vote immediately.

“In a time of crisis, the people expect their elected representatives to take a grown-up approach and work together to secure their best interests, which is why Plaid Cymru decided to work with the Labour Welsh Government to find a solution that is in the best interests of people in Wales, and across the whole of the British Isles.

“Westminster’s Unicorn Brexit, which involves seeking an impossible deal already ruled out by the EU, while also wishing to rule out the only consequence of such an approach without explaining how, will lead to a No Deal Brexit which would mean disaster for all our citizens.

“Politics is broken and in 58 days’ time it’ll be more than politics at stake. People will not forgive us and history will judge us harshly if we did not do everything we could to stop an avoidable disaster.

“Wales has today stated that its democratic will is for a People’s Vote to be held, with an option to remain in the EU, and that preparations for this vote must now begin immediately.”

“Labour in London must now listen to the definitive view of the Welsh parliament - where their own party leads the government, and support our call to begin preparations for a People’s Vote at once.

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