Drakeford: ‘It is the unionists who will see off the UK.’
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that the United Kingdom will come to and end because of the carlessness of those who claim to defend it.
He was speaking at a news conference in Westminster alongside Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, with whom he has joined forces to oppose Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bill.
Both said the Scottish and Welsh parliaments were likely to refuse to give consent for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
“In the end it is the unionists who will see off the union, because of their carlessness about it,” Mark Drakeford said.
“About their unwillingess to give the kind of time and attention and thought that needs to be given to how the United Kingdom will operate successfully the other side of the European Union.
“And in a position in which the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parlliament were asked for their consent, were both parliaments to deny that consent, that is a very serious constitutional moment and the UK government needs to give it the serious consideration that it deserves.”
Boris Johnson however signalled at Prime Minister’s Questions that he would ignore the Scottish and Welsh parliaments in his bid to get his Brexit Bill passed into law.
Speaking at the House of Commons, he said they would have “no role” in approving the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
The SNP’s leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, had asked Johnson to “stop ignoring Scotland and confirm that he will not allow this legislation to pass unless consent is given by the Scottish Parliament”.
Johnson said he noted “very carefully” what Blackford has said but then insisted that the “Scottish Parliament has no role in approving this”.
“On the contrary, it is up to the members of this parliament to approve the deal. I’m delighted to say they did,” he said.
“It didn’t proceed with the support of many Scottish nationalists, or any of them, if he really still disagrees with this deal and if he disagrees about the way forward then can I propose that he has a word with opposition parties and he joins our support for a general election to settle the matter.”