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Wales must be ready for no deal Brexit says Plaid leader

Leanne Wood will be making her leader's speech to the Plaid Cymru conference Photo: Plaid Cymru
  • by Nick Powell

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will make her first major speech since ending her party's Assembly pact with Labour when she addresses Plaid's autumn conference in Caernarfon. She will attack Carwyn Jones for not doing more to prepare for Britain leaving the EU without a deal if the Brexit talks collapse.

The First Minister's response to my question this week on his government's approach to the potential of a 'no deal' was alarming. He said that "there is no mitigation for no deal. There is nothing literally we can do in the short term if we find there's no deal."

This is not good enough. Plaid Cymru will never let Labour allow the Tories to walk over Wales in such a way.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

The Plaid leader will call for a Brexit Preparedness Fund to protect the Welsh economy, giving specialist help and financial assistance to small and medium sized businesses that trade with the rest of the EU. However, Leanne Wood will continue to argue that Wales needs the UK to stay in the single market and customs union.

And although she will stick to the line that Plaid Cymru accepts the referendum result, Leanne Wood thinks public opinion is shifting. She's not -yet- calling for a second referendum but believes that if there is a Brexit deal, the Assembly, together with the other devolved parliaments and Westminster, should have the right to reject leaving the EU if the terms are disastrous for the economy.