Plaid seeks to table motion to give Assembly a say on triggering of Article 50

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Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Steffan Lewis AM, has this morning confirmed that his party will seek to table a Legislative Consent Motion in the National Assembly of Wales to ensure AMs can have a say on the triggering of Article 50.

Steffan Lewis AM's comments come as the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the triggering of Article 50 would require a vote in the UK Parliament, but does not require the consent of the devolved administrations.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Steffan Lewis AM, has this morning confirmed that his party will seek to table a Legislative Consent Motion in the National Assembly of Wales to ensure AMs can have a say on the triggering of Article 50.

Steffan Lewis AM's comments come as the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the triggering of Article 50 would require a vote in the UK Parliament, but does not require the consent of the devolved administrations.

He added that giving the National Assembly a say on whether the UK Government could commence the process of leaving the EU was "a simple matter of democracy" and that the Prime Minister should expect "grave constitutional consequences" if Wales's voice was ignored.

Steffan Lewis AM, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, said:

"The Supreme Court's ruling that the UK Parliament will have a say on the triggering of Article 50 is to be welcomed. However, it is disappointing to hear that the devolved administrations will not be consulted on this all important issue.

"If Assembly Members, as the democratically elected representatives of the people of Wales, are given no opportunity to have a say on the triggering of Article 50, Plaid Cymru will seek to table a Legislative Consent Motion in the National Assembly. It is a simple matter of democracy that the devolved legislatures should have a role in commencing the process of leaving the EU.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Sewel Convention does not give rise to a legally enforceable obligation just highlights that the United Kingdom is far from a family of equal nations. We cannot allow the Westminster establishment to choose a Brexit settlement that puts their own interests first.

"The Prime Minister's speech last week on her vision for Brexit generated more heat than light. It remains unclear what exactly she intends to do to protect Welsh jobs and trade, and to preserve the constitutional integrity of our National Assembly.

"On June 23, people were asked to go to the ballot box blindfolded - no strategy, no plan, no white paper was presented by Leave. Plaid Cymru will continue to do everything possible to ensure that Wales has a voice as the negotiations to leave the EU unfold. There could be grave constitutional consequences if Wales’ voice is ignored.”

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