Carwyn Jones ‘lacks strength of character’ to defy UK Labour on Brexit, warn Plaid Cymru
First Minister Carwyn Jones is unlikely to deny consent for the EU Withdrawal Bill if Labour vote for it in the House of Commons, according to Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards.
The Second Reading of the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons will conclude on Monday 11 September.
Plaid Cymru has tabled an amendment to the Bill, denying support for it. The Labour Party is yet to table an amendment, indicating that they will let it pass through Second Reading unopposed.
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards said that without the backing of the UK Labour Party, it was questionable whether Carwyn Jones would deny consent for the Bill in the National Assembly for Wales.
“Labour’s action during Second Reading will also indicate their likely position when the Bill is debated in the National Assembly during the Legislative Consent process.,” Jonathan Edwards said.
“Speaking in a personal capacity, I doubt Carwyn Jones and his colleagues in the Welsh Government have the strength of character and conviction to deny their support unless the Labour leadership in Westminster decide to bring down the Bill.
“Their actions will be determined by the position of their London bosses not the Welsh national interest. If Labour fail to protect Welsh democracy and the Welsh jobs in these defining votes, history will not be very kind on their act of cowardice.”
If Labour Cardiff sit on their hands they will be endorsing and demonstrating support for what they themselves have called a “naked power grab”, he said.
“Brexit is being used as a Trojan horse to reassert Westminster control over the British State,” Jonathan Edwards said.
“British Government Ministers aren’t even being tactful about how they intend on using the Great Repeal Bill to fundamentally grab powers away from Wales which have been endorsed in two separate referenda by the people of our country.
“These powers are vital because they enable the Welsh Government to shape our economy.
“As the scandal over electrification of the Rail line between Swansea and Cardiff shows we cannot expect Westminster to act with the best interests of Wales at heart.
“Plaid Cymru will not support any legislation which deliberately aims to seek to undermine Welsh democracy.”