Joint Wales-Scotland request for Article 50 delay

(Title Image: The Herald Scotland)

The First Ministers of Wales and Scotland have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister requesting a delay to the implementation Article 50 – which would delay Brexit temporarily.

“Alarmingly at this late hour, following its defeat, the UK Government still appears unable to identify the “alternative arrangements” to the Irish backstop which it says would allow the House of Commons to vote for the deal.

 

“In addition, the EU remains totally committed to the backstop, which it says will not be re-negotiated.

 

“The point has been reached where there is now no time to waste. We, therefore, renew our call for the Prime Minister to make clear that she and her Government will ensure ‘No Deal’ is taken off the table. This should include putting forward secondary legislation now to remove 29 March 2019 as Exit Day from the EU Withdrawal Act.”
– Mark Drakeford AM (Lab, Cardiff West) and Nicola Sturgeon MSP

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, is still trying to renegotiate the backstop following a vote in the House of Commons at the end of January 2019.