Friday, 25 August 2017

Silly Season. Silly Party.

Less than a fortnight ago Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies was calling  for a  Brexit minister to  be appointed to put Wales' interests "at the centre" of negotiations 

He said,

"More than 400 days after Wales voted to leave the EU, Wales remains without a Brexit ministry, unlike its counterparts in Scotland and Westminster,""In order to ensure that Wales' national interests stay at the centre of Brexit negotiations, we need a department led by an experienced minister solely dedicated to this process."It's a job too big for one man alone and there's a real danger that in trying to juggle domestic issues with the biggest constitutional challenge of our time, the first minister will allow one or both of these responsibilities to flounder."A Welsh minister for Brexit could deliver strong and constructive representation to the UK government and facilitate better working with the devolved nations - not barrack idly from the sidelines as the first minister has so far contented himself to do."
So its a bit odd to see this on their website. and facebook



"Instead of letting Nicola Sturgeon call the shots, Carwyn Jones should put the Welsh and UK interest first and back the Brexit effort.
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First ministers Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones has  met in Edinburgh in the latest move to coordinate opposition to the EU Withdrawal Bill.
They fear the Westminster government is planning to use the bill to launch a "power grab" of devolved powers.
The two governments said they would work together on amendments "to provide a constructive way forward".
The UK government insists there are no plans for a power grab, and says Brexit will actually see more powers devolved to both nations.
The talks are the latest in a series held between senior Scottish and Welsh government figures in recent weeks as the two administrations join forces in an attempt to secure a greater say.
Here's part of Andrew Davies comments again.
"A Welsh minister for Brexit could deliver strong and constructive representation to the UK government and facilitate better working with the devolved nations - not barrack idly from the sidelines as the first minister has so far contented himself to do."
From their recent reaction  it seems the Tories our Welsh  governments  representation should consist of telling the other devolved nations to agree with anything that Westminster decides.

Accepting unlike Scotland Wales voted for Brexit does not mean we should roll over and let Westminster walk all over us and use Brexit as an excuse for a power grab.

Unlike Ms Sturgeon Carwyn Jones cannot claim to have a mandate to oppose Brexit , but that does not mean he or our government should not fight our corner vigorously and that means we must seek common cause with Scotland to protect  ourselves from the Tories using Brexit  to weaken Welsh democracy,



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