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Labour under fire in Wales over Brexit ‘fudge’

30 Apr 2019 2 minute read
Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Garry Knight (CC BY 2.0)

Labour’s leadership have been criticised after they announced that the party’s manifesto for the European election will not include a firm pledge to hold a People’s Vote.

The move came after all four Welsh Labour candidates for the European elections wrote yesterday calling on the party to promise another Brexit referendum in its manifesto.

The letter had also been signed by Labour MPs, AMs and council leaders.

It was sent to the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, and Mick Antoniw AM who represents Welsh Labour on the UK party’s ruling body.

However, Labour’s National Executive Committee decided by 66% of the votes that a second vote should remain the last option, after an attempt to make “necessary changes” to the UK Government’s deal or a General Election.

Wales is a single constituency in the European Elections, with four representatives elected under a proportional representation system.

Both the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru responded to the news by saying that Remain supporters should back them in the European elections.

“Whilst Labour continue to refuse to oppose Brexit and look for ways to support a Tory Brexit, we’ll continue to unashamedly fight for an Exit from Brexit,” the Welsh Liberal Democrats said.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, whose party has called for a People’s Vote, said that Labour had  “managed a people’s fudge”.

“What we needed was clarity. What we’ve got is deliberate confusion. The only thing that is obvious is Labour’s desire for a licence to deliver Brexit without a fresh referendum.

“All those who are sick of Labour’s games can now see that Plaid Cymru is the only Remain party that can win in Wales.”

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