Price calls for revocation of Article 50 if final say referendum isn’t forthcoming

Adam Price. Credit: Euan Cherry/WENN

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price has said that the Remain side must be prepared to campaign for the revocation of Article 50 if it becomes clear that a final say referendum isn’t forthcoming.

Writing in the Sunday Times today, Price confirmed it was his belief that if “the electorate is denied a final say on the Brexit outcome through a referendum”, the Remain alliance must be prepared to revoke Article 50.

He suggested that the Remain side “must have a nuclear option” in a scenario where it becomes clear that “a public voice by means of a referendum is to be denied”.


The Plaid Cymru Leader said that revocation is “an emergency cord we need to be ready to pull” when faced with an “inferno” that a crash out no deal Brexit would cause.

Mr Price also confirmed that Plaid Cymru’s Westminster group will be drafting an emergency motion to be considered by the party’s NEC, outlining its support for remain and revoke. The motion would then be discussed and voted upon at the Plaid Cymru Autumn conference in October.

Last week Price attended a cross-party meeting in London to agree a joint strategy to prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31st.

He said: “There is no point throwing the rulebook at those in power because they are making the rules up as they go along. We need to come up with solutions which will achieve decisive outcomes.

“If the electorate is denied a final say on the Brexit outcome through a referendum, then we must be prepared to revoke Article 50.

“When faced with the hard reality of who and what we are up against, the Remain side must have a nuclear option to fall back on if it becomes clear that a public voice by means of a referendum is to be denied.

“The UK can revoke its intention to withdraw from the EU unilaterally and it is an emergency cord we need to be ready to pull when faced with the inferno that a crash out Brexit would create.”

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I can’t shake the feeling that PC stance on Brexit is not going to end well for them. There is nothing wrong with having a consistent remain stance, and to an extent this will alienate a proportion of voters in Wales, who will never vote PC anyway ~20%. My worry is that for a party whose central policy is to win independence through a referendum / referenda, it needs to recognise the antipathy the public will have regarding referenda in the future if they are ultimately successful in their current role as the darlings of revoke / remain. In my… Read more »

Tellyesin
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Tellyesin

But it’s not a referendum with any meaningful majority and is tainted by illegal campaigning

So not “respecting” the referendum is legit. If we gain independence it will be by changing tyhe conversation and then confirming it witj a massive majority

Huw Davies
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Huw Davies

Illegal campaigning seems a “norm” in modern politics here in UK and in the wider world. In 2016 Remain advocates relied heavily on unsubstantiated claims on a variety of matters, so in terms of dirty tactics they probably fought a draw with likes of Johnson. Among the dissident Labour ranks who went over to Leave and tipped the balance I suspect it was the jingoistic rhetoric of Farage that made the difference as many, indeed most, viewed Johnson as they would Cameron, another piece of Londoncentric toff crap. As for gaining independence via a referendum you must live in cloud… Read more »

Jonathan Edwards
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Jonathan Edwards

Plaid does not have a central policy to win independence through a referendum. Plaid may have a policy to hold a referendum, but that’s all. Then……nothing. History of other colonies shows that you need a sequence of citizens’ assemblies, votes by Local Councils. Then (with or without an Assembly Act) you call a Constitutional Convention which devises the deal. then you confront London. Then you hold a referendum, at the end of a long and thorough and democratic sequence from the grass-roots up. A referendum like that is worth something because its based on something. See Ireland, 13 US Colonies… Read more »

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

Your CC proposal has really gained traction lately.

Keith Darlington
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Keith Darlington

I think this is probably the right call now given the chaos ensuing from the prorogation. Options are reduced with only no deal vs second referendum, but there’s no longer sufficient time to even get an approval for Article 50 extension. Hence, revoking seems to be the only alternative now to no deal.

Minydon
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Minydon

How undemocratic!

max wallis
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max wallis

The referendum choice moreover did not include ‘no deal’ Brexit as it did not withdraw from international treaties, which include the Westminster-Dublin ‘Good Friday’ Agreement.
It would be legitimate to now put the choice – either ‘no deal’ or ‘remain’.
the Commons legislative vote against ‘no deal’ expected this week leaves them with the choice – put it to a new referendum if the public wants it, otherwise ‘revoke’.

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

Both sides (in this seeming football match environment) have points worth consideration.
But rational analysis should tell us that Leave is not in the Welsh national interest.
One cannot sit on the fence because team Leave may have their feelings hurt.

vicky moller
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vicky moller

Adam is providing leadership, it’s what he does, in this case for the UK. His is the unspoken obvious answer. Those who want Brexit should prepare the country so we are ready to manage without much trade with Europe and not be dependant on a US rescue with irreversible conditions of acceptance. Revoke for now to get out of the quagmire and avoid pitch dark ravines. If the public later decide we leave, let’s do it when ready, there is no particular rush? To get clarity on why we should, when and how we should, Citizens Assemblies are well suited… Read more »

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

Anyone reading the recent comments/threats by both Trump and Pelosi, and still wanting Brexit/deal with the US
must be crazy.

Eldon Pushen
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Eldon Pushen

Not all Brexit advocates are violence insiting, lie regurgitating, thicko’s. But all violence insiting, lie regurgitating, thicko’s are Brexit advocates.

David Roberts
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David Roberts

They seem to be nothing more than a single issue campaign group these days….nothing else matters!!