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First Minister ‘talks like the UK is already dead’ says Welsh Conservative leader

12 Feb 2021 3 minute read
First Minister Mark Drakeford and Andrew RT Davies. Pictures by Senedd Cymru (CC BY 2.0).

The First Minister Mark Drakeford “talks like the UK is already dead” according to Andrew RT Davies.

In an article for the Centre for Welsh Studies, the Welsh Conservative leader says that during the Covid-19 pandemic Labour had “abandoned” the United Kingdom “for political gain”.

“It comes as nothing as a surprise that during the pandemic Plaid Cymru have banged the constitutional drum as they are the party of division and separation,” Andrew RT Davies wrote. “They do what it says on the tin.

“But it’s Welsh Labour’s abandonment of the United Kingdom for political gain that is causing most confusion and division.

“Wales’ First Minister doesn’t just talk constitutions, he talks like the UK is already dead. He only needs to reflect on the support the Union has provided during this crisis to see how wrong he is.

“Regrettably, the Labour leader has opted to pursue this divisive nationalism. You only have to look at the arguments over the UK Internal Market Bill. All Labour blabbered on about was a power grab and undermining devolution.”

‘Never apologise’

In the article Andrew RT Davies points to Welsh Labour selecting three pro-independence parties to stand in Mid and West Wales on the regional list, in Ceredigion and in Dwyfor-Meirionnydd.

Cian Ireland has been selected as the Welsh Labour candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in the 2021 Senedd elections.

Dylan Lewis-Rowlands was also selected in Ceredigion after Ben Gwalchmai who is standing on the Mid and West Wales list.

“When it suits, Labour claim they are a unionist party but at the same time select three pro-independence candidates for this May’s Senedd election,” he writes.

“And on that theme, Mark Drakeford will move Labour more and more into a space where they will openly contemplate breaking up the United Kingdom. They call it Indy Curious – I call it Indy Dangerous. That’s who Welsh Labour are now.

“That’s why I will never apologise for championing the Union and Wales. It’s under attack not just from separatists but socialists who aren’t as inept as Jeremy Corbyn when it comes to securing power, and who will do anything to cling onto it and inflict more misery on the Welsh people, even if that means breaking up the UK.

“Going into May’s election, there will be only one mainstream party standing on a ticket of delivering for the people of Wales in a strong United Kingdom. And that’s the one I lead.”

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