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Adam Price calls for People’s Vote as 100,000 gather to march outside Westminster

20 Oct 2018 4 minute read
A bus full of protesters making its way to the People’s Vote march. Picture by Cardiff For Europe #FBPE / @Cardiff4EU / Twitter.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price will today call for a People’s Vote on Brexit once the final deal is known in a few weeks’ time.

Price made will make the call in a video that will be shown at the People’s Vote rally taking place in London today.

The event, organised by the People’s Vote campaign, is expected to attract over 100,000 protestors ahead of a rally in Parliament Square.

Price will say that leaving the EU Single Market and Customs Union is set to wipe £5 billion off the Welsh economy.

“In just a few weeks, we’ll know the real Brexit, finally, that’s on offer – not the fantasy Brexit that was promised,” Adam Price will say in the video message.

“We’ll have a real, clear choice. We’ll have the actual facts. We know now that the people were lied to and in those circumstances it’s the people, not the politicians, that should lead.

“We need a People’s Vote now, so we can rebuild our faith in the future of our democracy.”

On Wednesday 3rd October, Plaid Cymru put forward a motion in the National Assembly for Wales calling for a People’s Vote.

The motion was rejected by the Labour Party, Conservatives and UKIP, with the only Lib Dem AM abstaining on the vote.

The UK is scheduled to leave on 29 March 2019, under the terms of the two-year Article 50 process.

Amongst the buses will be one paid for by TV company Cwmni Da from Caernarfon, whose director Dylan Huws said that Brexit was a threat to their partnerships with companies across Europe.

“Gwynedd voted against Brexit and people still feel very strongly about being part of that community and the European Marker,” he told Golwg 360.

“Sponsoring the bus is one practical way of supporting the march and calling for another vote on the matter.”

New team

Yesterday, Adam Price  revealed his new Plaid Cymru shadow cabinet, including key jobs for both his former leadership rivals, Leanne Wood and Rhun ap Iorwerth:

  • Adam Price AM: Leader
  • Rhun ap Iorwerth AM: Economy and Finance
  • Leanne Wood AM: Housing and Social Justice
  • Sian Gwenllian AM: Education and the Welsh Language
  • Llyr Gruffydd AM: Environment and Rural Affairs
  • Helen Mary Jones AM: Health and Social Services
  • Steffan Lewis AM: External Affairs
  • Bethan Sayed AM: Post-16 Education, Skills and Innovation
  • Dr Dai Lloyd AM: Local Government, Care and Public Services

“We are calling time on this tired Labour Welsh government,” he said.

“Now’s the time for new energy, new ideas, a new direction and a new dynamic. Plaid Cymru stands ready to lead on to a new Wales.  The change begins now.”

Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth said that he was excited to take on his new role.

“I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into some pretty big tasks,” he said.

“On finance, it is about leading Plaid Cymru’s charge on using new taxation powers in the best way possible, and holding the government to account on the way it spends money now.

“In terms of the economy, it is about making Wales a more prosperous nation and sharing that prosperity to every part of the country. It is about building a transport system that works for all of Wales and brings Wales together – I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the job.

“This is a strong team that I’m proud to be a part of. Labour has had its chance, governing Wales since 1999 – it’s time for a change. This is a team that can govern Wales, and govern well, from 2021.”

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