Article 50: Plaid Cymru to force a vote on EU funding

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Plaid Cymru will tonight force the House of Commons to vote on ensuring Wales keeps every penny of current levels of EU funding once the UK leaves the European Union.

The Vote Leave campaign said during the referendum that Wales would not lose a penny if it voted to leave, despite receiving more money back from the EU than it contributes.

Plaid Cymru’s amendment already has the support of the Green Party, the SDLP and the SNP and the party’s spokesperson on Brexit, Jonathan Edwards, says he will be pushing it to a vote in the House of Commons tonight to “hold the Brexiteers' feet to the fire."

Wales receives £245 million more each year than it contributes to the EU, which is the equivalent of £79 per person, every year. Senior figures campaigning for Brexit, including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Chris Grayling all signed a letter promising to maintain all current EU spending.

The letter stated that “there is more than enough money to ensure that those who now get funding from the EU - including universities, scientists, family farmers, regional funds, cultural organisations and others - will continue to do so while also ensuring that we save money that can be spent on our priorities.”

Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards, said:

“The Vote Leave campaign promised that Wales wouldn’t lose a penny if we left the European Union and tonight the government, including the senior politicians who made these promises have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.

“The Vote Leave cronies deliberately misled the public on what a Leave vote would mean for funding and many other areas, and now that they’ve taken back control, they must not take back their promises.

“The choice for Brexiteers in Parliament is either to vote against their own promises, or vote for Plaid Cymru’s amendment.

“I’m not prepared to simply shrug off the fact that these politicians promised the world, knowing full well that what they were asking people to do would make all their promises impossible. They have played on people’s fears and deceived them. The result will be painful and felt most by those least able to bear it.

“We are happy to support any attempts to protect Wales’ interests and I’m particularly pleased that our amendment is being supported by the Green Party in England, the SNP in Scotland and the SDLP in Northern Ireland, and I hope that the Labour Party will find the will to vote with us too.”

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