Wales must have a say as Brexit talks move to trade phase

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has today urged Brexit Secretary David Davis to heed the wishes of the devolved nations as the Tory UK Government moves forward to the second phase of EU negotiation.

The next phase will focus on trade deals between the UK and European Union, a crucial issue for Wales which exports more to the EU than any other nation of the UK does.

Leanne Wood said that Wales had a long tradition of trading with the world and that no actions taken by the Westminster Government should be allowed to undermine that.

She argued for the National Assembly to scrutinise and sign off all foreign trade deals, as is the case with many 'sub-state' parliaments across Europe.

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood said:

"Wales has a long tradition of trading with the world and Brexit must not be allowed to undermine that.

"As the UK Government and the European Union move to the next phase of negotiations that will focus on trade, Wales needs a cast-iron guarantee from the Brexit Secretary that no new trade deals will be detrimental to our economy.

"Plaid Cymru wants the National Assembly to be able to scrutinise and sign off all foreign trade deals, as is the case with many 'sub-state' parliament across Europe.

"We cannot allow a situation where cheap imports undermine our core industries such as steel and agriculture.

"We have all seen the threat posed to our public services by failed trade deals such as TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). If the Tory UK Government pursues similar deals then they will open the door to disastrous privatisation of national institutions such as the NHS.

"As Brexit talks proceed, the interests of all parts of the UK must be represented. Plaid Cymru will not allow the Tories in Westminster to pull down the shutters - Wales is open for business and Brexit mustn't stop that."

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