Plaid Cymru's call for EU laws affecting devolved areas to remain in force after Brexit has come under fire from the Conservatives and UKIP. Plaid want the Assembly to pass a bill turning EU laws and regulations into Welsh law, partly because the party fears that otherwise the powers will pass to ministers in London.
This reinforces just how out of step Plaid Cymru are with public opinion, and with the voters they claim to represent. Just weeks ago the Welsh public voted to restore the sovereignty of British law – not to introduce a new Bill that would permanently gold plate every single edict and directive emanating from Brussels.
The Prime Minister’s Great Repeal Bill is the first step towards returning sovereignty to Westminster, where the Welsh national interest is represented by its MPs.
This is an anti-democratic political stunt. Wales voted decisively for Brexit and the so called ‘Party of Wales’, Plaid Cymru should respect the referendum result.
Political decisions will be made in future by elected politicians in Westminster & Cardiff Bay and not unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
In the Senedd, Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis asked the First Minister if the Welsh Government would support the idea of a "Great Continuity Bill" to preserve EU law in devolved areas. Carwyn Jones replied that he would first want to see what was in the UK Government's "Great Repeal Bill".
The principle must be that no powers are lost to the people of Wales. In devolved areas, they must come straight here.
Plaid Cymru is calling for the Welsh Assembly to pass a bill that would keep in force after Brexit all EU laws and regulations affecting devolved matters. The party argues that the UK Government's plan for similar legislation would undermine devolution by giving powers over the environment, jobs and the economy to Whitehall, not Cardiff Bay.
Wales needs an EU Continuity Bill to enshrine all existing EU regulations into Welsh law. This will ensure that the standards we value, like environmental protections, food standards, and the rights we have come to take for granted as EU citizens, continue to apply to Wales after Brexit. It will also stop the Conservatives’ EU Repeal Bill turning into a Westminster power-grab over already devolved matters.
Plaid say they will talk to the Welsh Government about their proposal but they claim to be frustrated by a lack of clarity on Brexit from Carwyn Jones and his ministers.
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It is a matter of principle that the most powerful political position in the UK should be elected to his or her role as a result of a fairly contested election.
That is why I support an immediate UK-wide election to allow people to have their say as to who they believe is best placed to lead the UK through these testing, challenging times.
With Labour and the Tories engulfed by chaos and division, Plaid Cymru is putting forward the vision and values needed to take our country forward.
Plaid Cymru politicians would never abdicate their responsibilities to people in Wales in the same way as Brexit's so-called leaders have.
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