Wales 'voiceless' in Brexit talks while Scottish Minster heads to Whitehall

Local MP and Plaid Cymru's 'Brexit' spokesperson in Westminster, Jonathan Edwards, has today accused First Minister Carwyn Jones of 'consigning Wales to irrelevance' by failing to create the role of a Welsh Government Brexit Minister to represent the nation's needs and demands in ongoing talks.

Mr Edwards' comments come as Michael Russell MSP, the Scottish Government's Brexit Minister, is due to meet David Davis MP, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in London today.

Jonathan Edwards was the first to call for the creation of a dedicated Welsh ministerial role to deal with the implications of the vote to leave the EU on Wales, and to ensure that the Welsh national interest was represented and defended in key negotiations.

In an interview with Radio Cymru shortly after the June referendum, Mr Edwards discussed how the creation of a Brexit role in the Welsh Government would give Assembly Members a genuine opportunity to scrutinise the work the Labour Government was or wasn't doing in relation to exiting the European Union.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

"Less than three months since the EU referendum and already Wales is paling into insignificance due to the Labour Welsh Government's inaction.

"Today, the Scottish government's Brexit minister will meet David Davis MP, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, for key talks in London on what role the Edinburgh administration will play in the UK's negotiating stance.

"Meanwhile, Wales stands on the side line due to the Labour First Minister's refusal to heed calls to create a dedicated ministerial role to deal with the implications for Wales of the vote to leave the EU.

"Plaid Cymru was the first to propose that Wales should have a Brexit Minister ready to demand a seat at the table and ensure that our nation isn't voiceless in the discussions that will determine its future.

"It is clear from comments made in the Senedd chamber this week that the Labour Welsh Government has no defined plan for dealing with Brexit. In just two days, the First Minister has outlined three varying stances on membership of the single market. Such lack of credibility and competence will hardly fill the people of Wales with confidence.

"If this inaction persists, the First Minister is in danger of consigning Wales to irrelevance. I urge him to seriously reconsider his decision not to appoint a Brexit Minister so that Wales is adequately represented in these crucial talks."


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