Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has demanded the sacking of two Welsh Government cabinet ministers who've called for the final deal on Brexit to be put to the British people in a referendum.
He points out that Education Secretary Kirsty Williams and Public Services Secretary Alun Davies have gone beyond Welsh Government policy, which accepts the result of the 2016 referendum but argues for a deal that secures continued unrestricted access to the Customs Union and single market.
As the only Liberal Democrat in either the Government or the Assembly, Kirsty Williams, parted company with her cabinet colleagues She got away with it then because EU withdrawal is not in the end a devolved matter. Both she and Alun Davies can rely on the same argument this time, although Mr Davies has
Andrew RT Davies has described the situation as "chaos" and questioned how long the First Minister can continue in post. He claims that as soon as , his authority drained away. He argues in his letter that Mr Jones should follow the example of Jeremy Corbyn, who sacked Pontypridd MP Owen Smith from the Shadow Cabinet for making a similar call for a referendum.
Ministers are publicly advocating positions which go against official Welsh Government policy ... You have sacked Labour members for far less. Today's intervention by Alun Davies and Kirsty Williams shows flagrant disregard for the principle of collective responsibility and without any action, people across Wales will wonder if a second referendum is now your government's official position.
Mr Davies says calling for a second referendum shows contempt for the people of Wales "who voted to leave the European Union in 2016". But in a statement, signed by the two ministers and 29 other Welsh politicians, they deny that charge.
In June 2016, Wales – and the UK – voted for Brexit. As campaigners for Remain, we regret that, but we also accept it.The issue now is what we think about the Brexit deal that the Prime Minister brings back.
The statement was organised by the group Wales for Europe, which claims it's been signed by politicians from across the political spectrum. However, there are no Conservative signatories among the 31 names:
Kirsty Williams AM Liberal Democrat
Alun Davies AM Labour
Ann Jones AM Labour
David Rees AM Labour
Joyce Watson AM Labour
Leanne Wood AM Plaid Cymru
Lee Waters AM Labour
Lynne Neagle AM Labour
Mike Hedges AM Labour
Derek Vaughan AM Labour
Jill Evans MEP Plaid Cymru
Ann Clwyd MP Labour
Anna McMorrin MP Labour
Chris Bryant MP Labour
Geraint Davies MP Labour
Jo Stevens MP Labour
Jonathan Edwards MP Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville-Roberts MP Plaid Cymru
Owen Smith MP Labour
Paul Flynn MP Labour
Stephen Doughty MP Labour
Susan Elan Jones MP Labour
Tonia Antoniazzi MP Labour
Cllr Anthony Hunt (Leader, Torfaen Council) Labour
Cllr Andrew Morgan (Leader, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council) Labour
Cllr David Poole (Leader, Caerphilly Council) Labour
Cllr Debbie Wilcox (Leader, Newport Council) Labour
Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn (Leader, Ceredigion Council) Plaid Cymru
Cllr Huw Thomas (Leader, Cardiff Council) Labour
Cllr Rob Jones (Leader, Neath Port Talbot Council) Labour
Cllr Rob Stewart (Leader, Swansea Council) Labour