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Welsh and Scottish First Ministers call on meeting with the PM over Brexit deal

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The Welsh and Scottish First Ministers have written to Theresa May demanding an urgent meeting following the release of the Government's proposed Brexit deal.

In a joint letter, Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon said the handling of the deal is "symptomatic of the chaotic approach to the negotiations" where there was a "lack of meaningful engagement with the devolved administrations".

We are calling for a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to enable us to discuss the details of the Withdrawal Agreement and to input into the political declaration before this is finalised.

Given the future relationship will cover a number of matters within our devolved competence and crucial matters that will impact on the citizens of Wales and Scotland, it is essential we are involved.

– Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon

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In an effort to avoid relations between the devolved countries deteriorating further, Adrian Masters reports a senior U.K. Government minister is rumoured to be expected to be going to Wales to meet the Welsh Government on Friday.

Reacting to the deal proposal, Carwyn Jones told ITV Cymru Wales that the UK "appears to be rudderless" and said the only way to solve the "impasse" in Westminster is a General Election or another referendum.

In a statement, Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price AM and Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts MP said the party will not support the withdrawal agreement as it stands for five reasons:

  • It takes Wales on a trajectory out of the Single Market and Customs Union.
  • Without the detail of our future relationship agreed in legal text, this is a Blind Brexit with the devil of said detail to be discovered over the next two years.
  • Wales has been sidelined throughout the negotiations.
  • It does not grant Wales the same privilege as the north of Ireland within the Single Market and Customs Union.
  • The agreement does not contain provisions for a People’s Vote.
Plaid Cymru's Adam Price said the current withdrawal agreement Credit: PA Images

Plaid Cymru has consistently called for the least damaging Brexit possible, where Wales is in the Single Market and Customs Union – this proposal takes us on a trajectory that would make that impossible.

Whilst throughout this process the European Union has acted like a genuine multinational organisation where the interests of all members are prioritised, especially those concerns of the Republic of Ireland, the British State has wilfully side-lined Wales. Far from a partnership of equals, Wales has been treated like a vassal country and this agreement has not been negotiated with Welsh interests at its heart.

Plaid Cymru says Wales needs a New Deal, put to the people, with the option to remain.

– Adam Price, Leader of Plaid Cymru