In reaction to the defeat of the British Government’s latest Brexit proposals in the House of Commons, Plaid Cymru’s Parliamentary Leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP, has said that Westminster is “fundamentally broken”.
The Westminster Government’s motion was lost by 45 votes.
The two amendments which were voted on, and supported by Plaid Cymru, also failed to gain majority support in the House of Commons. The first amendment, tabled by the Labour frontbench, sought to guarantee the ‘Meaningful Vote’ on the Government’s Brexit deal happened on or before the 27th February. An amendment by the SNP, which was also supported by Plaid Cymru, aimed to extend Article 50. The Labour frontbench chose to abstain on this amendment, despite previously indicating that they thought and Article 50 extension was necessary.
Commenting, Liz Saville Roberts MP said:
“Parliament seems stuck on repeat as yet again the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal is defeated, and yet again Labour refuse to back a coherent alternative.
“This chaos is unquestionably already damaging our economy and deepening the issues in our society. Westminster cannot afford to kick this can any longer.
“Both the Conservative and Labour parties are imploding. Parliament is not fit for purpose. Westminster is fundamentally broken.
“We cannot trust these institutions to give a clear and logical answer to the biggest issue facing all of the countries of the UK in a generation or more. It’s the people, not Westminster politicians, which now must decide a way forward.”