Jane Dodds MS

Jane condemns Powys MPs for voting to break the law

Both Fay Jones and Craig Williams voted for the Internal Market Bill.

By Digital Directorate, Sep 15, 2020 1:09

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have condemned Fay Jones and Craig Williams for voting to break international law last night.

Both Powys MPs voted with the Government in support of the controversial Internal Market Bill. The Bill aims to unilaterally change clauses of the Withdrawal Agreement, a move which breaks international law and has been mired in controversy.

The Withdrawal Agreement was a key part of the Conservative 2019 Manifesto, with Boris Johnson proclaiming it an 'Oven Ready Deal' on many occasions. All 2019 Conservative candidates pledged to support the deal.

The Internal Market Bill, which now moves onto its third reading in the House of Commons, is facing growing opposition from backbench Conservative MPs – including Theresa May (former Prime Minister) and Geoffrey Cox (former Attorney General).

Jane Dodds, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and former MP for Brecon & Radnorshire, said:

“Ms Jones and Mr Williams can try and spin this all they want, but the Internal Market bill goes against the very manifesto that they were elected upon in December.

"They pledged to 'get Brexit done', but now want to get Brexit undone because they don't like the agreement that they negotiated, that they campaigned upon and that they passed into law.

“This Bill has been criticised by all five living former Prime Ministers and every Attorney General of the past decade. When even the Government's top lawyer, Jonathan Jones, quits over it - you know something is wrong.

“If our MPs continue to support this bill, they will be undermining the rule of law and actively harming our reputation on the world stage. If this happens, we will find it much harder to agree new trade deals and this would be devastating for farmers and communities across Powys.

"Our MPs need to grow a backbone and stand up for what is right. Failure to do so is a shameful neglect of their duty and shows they care more about their careers and party loyalty than standing up for their constituents."

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