Leanne Wood demands “Four Countries approach” to Brexit negotiations

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood will lead a party delegation to Brussels to discuss the impending negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The Plaid Cymru Leader will say that there should be a “Four Countries” approach to Brexit talks that would involve the heads of the four governments of the UK overseeing negotiations, rather than solely the UK Cabinet.

Ms Wood will also reaffirm her view that any final Brexit deal should require the approval of all four UK legislatures before being ratified.

Ahead of meetings with EU missions from countries of importance to Wales, the Plaid Cymru Leader will also set out her view that Wales must retain the right to keep building good relationships with EU countries. She will also warn that the future of the UK remains in doubt if the needs of the different UK countries are not accommodated.

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood said:

“At this crucial time for Wales, it is vital that we in Plaid Cymru continue to engage with the EU institutions in Brussels. It is in the Welsh national interest to communicate with EU partners because Wales still needs a trading and cultural relationship with other countries in Europe.

"The relationships that have been built up between our countries must survive Brexit.

“Plaid Cymru’s membership of the European Free Alliance since the 1980s has been valuable to us as a party. It has also helped to increase the profile of Wales. We will continue to strengthen these cultural and political ties whatever changes Brexit brings.

“Plaid Cymru advocates a Four Countries approach to the process of the UK withdrawing from the EU.

“Each nation has its own specific needs and priorities, different economies and different demographics and these have to all be recognised and accommodated rather than ignored.

“The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has signalled that she will include the devolved governments, but is yet to outline what format that will take. The UK’s future as a state will be in doubt if the people and the politics of Scotland, Wales and northern Ireland are not considered and accommodated.

"A Four Countries approach would signal a new and inclusive way of doing business."

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