“Unite to Remain” electoral pact formed to fight UK election

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Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and EnglandandWales Green party have formed a formal electoral pact to fight 60 seats across Wales and England at the 2019 UK General Election.

“Unite to Remain” will see candidates from two parties stand aside for one party in an attempt to elect more pro-Remain MPs and prevent vote splitting between different pro-Remain parties. The pact will apply to eleven Welsh constituencies.

At Nation.Cymru Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price AM (Plaid, Carms. E. & Dinefwr) said: “Not standing a candidate in an election is never an easy thing for any political party to do – and standing aside in favour of another party even less so. But the decision we all make in five weeks time as we put pencil to paper could very well decide the fate of Wales – and whether we are able to secure our European future.

“There is no such thing as a ‘good Brexit’ for Wales. Any version of Brexit would risk jobs up and down our country, and put our agriculture and manufacturing industries in grave danger.”

The pact has angered some party members, with prominent Lib Dem councillor in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Mike Powell, resigning from the party and standing in the Pontypridd constituency as an Independent.

There’s also no pact in the key marginal constituency of Ceredigion, which is currently held by Plaid Cymru but is set to be keenly contested by the Lib Dems.