Plaid Cymru confirm talks with Lib Dems and Greens for pro-Remain pact
Plaid Cymru Leader, Adam Price, has today confirmed that they are open to working with other Remain parties “to secure our European future”.
It was reported yesterday that the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Green party were set to unveil a general election pact next week in which the parties would stand aside in certain seats to boost each others’ chances.
It is understood that the Labour party have not engaged in the talks.
Plaid and the Greens did not stand candidates in August’s Brecon and Radnorshire byelection, helping the Liberal Democrats take the seat from the Conservatives.
Confirming talks between Remain parties, Mr Price went further by saying that Plaid Cymru is open to a “significant agreement to give pro-Remain parties the best opportunity to win, and more importantly, stop Brexit”.
“The Brexit crisis has shown up Westminster to be totally unfit for purpose,” Adam Price said. “The Conservatives and Labour are divided and are simply not offering the solutions we need.
“Plaid Cymru is a party of principle and we have consistently said that Wales is best served within the European Union. That is why, as Wales’s leading Remain party, we are open to working with others to secure our European future.
“The people of Wales now face a choice, to back a better future for Wales or for more chaos at Westminster with Labour and the Conservatives.
“Plaid Cymru is offering grown-up, principled politics, where we are ready to work together to put our country – Wales – before narrow party interests.”
A spokesperson from the Greens told the Guardian newspaper that they were also commited to a pact.
“It is right that political parties engage in grown-up discussions about how to best stop a deeply damaging Brexit,” the spokesperson said.
“Our party is in talks about the potential to stand a single remain-supporting candidate in some seats in England and Wales, as was successfully done in the Brecon and Radnorshire byelection.
“No decisions have yet been made and any agreement will involve the relevant local parties.”