Today the Welsh Parliament will vote on an amendment calling for a referendum on Welsh national sovereignty, in the event of a no deal Brexit.
The amendment, introduced by independent AM Neil McEvoy, says that:
‘if the Withdrawal Agreement Bill leads to a no-deal Brexit, there should be a referendum on Welsh national sovereignty.’
It is understood to be the first time in history that a Welsh legislature has taken a vote on whether to hold a referendum on Welsh Sovereignty.
Mr McEvoy’s amendment was added on to a motion introduced by the Labour Government and Plaid Cymru that calls for a rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill introduced to Westminster by Boris Johnson’s government.
Mr McEvoy said:
“Labour and Plaid Cymru have brought a motion to the Welsh Parliament calling for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, that will pave the way for Brexit, to be rejected as it stands. But they have not given any detail in their motion about what they would like to see instead.
“So I’ve introduced an amendment to give the Welsh legislature a clear alternative and way forward. In the event of a no deal Brexit there should be a referendum on Welsh national sovereignty. That’s the referendum Wales really needs. Then our country can move on from the mess in Westminster and push on as a proud nation standing on its two feet.”
The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru motion reads:
‘NDM7170 - No Named Day Motion Debate
Tabled on 22/10/2019For debate on 22/10/2019
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
- Does not agree to the UK Parliament enacting the Withdrawal Agreement Bill as introduced in the House of Commons.
- Notes that the Welsh Government will lay a Legislative Consent Memorandum under Standing Order 29 to inform the Assembly’s formal consideration on consent in due course.’
The motion and Mr McEvoy’s amendment can be found here: https://record.assembly.wales/Motion/7170