Monday, 26 September 2016

Skating around "Welsh Labour" voting with Ukip.

Whatever you think about  Jeremy Corbyn  re-election it is clear that "Welsh" Labour  have  fallen into line with the Anti-Immigration argument  in order to protect their seats from a Ukip threat ,

 Wales' Economy Secretary Ken Skates has said.Britain should have 

"free and unfettered access" to the European Union's single market without retaining free movement of people,


Mr Skates was speaking on BBC Wales' Sunday Supplement programme about the Labour AMs vote on Wednesday against a Plaid Cymru assembly motion to support "full membership" of the single market.
But he said it was "nonsense" they had sided with UKIP and the Conservatives on the issue.
Mr Skates said:#
 "I think Plaid Cymru are somewhat confused in terms of what membership and access actually mean. I think they believe it comes without an obligation to have free movement of people.
"If they think you can pick and choose in terms of membership what you then have to comply with, they need to state very clearly they're in support of no change to immigration."
If Plaid are "confused".   I am completely befuddled  by Ken Skates Statement . It is he who is trying to pick and choose  believing  that you can secure access without  obeying any of the rules of the EU,


 "What [First Minister] Carwyn Jones and I and the Welsh Government have been crystal clear on is that we need free and unfettered access to the single market.
"In reality, what that means in a simple sense is you don't have tariffs."Even countries like Norway, the EEA countries like Iceland and Liechtenstein and so forth, don't describe themselves as members of the single market because being a member of the single market means you essentially have to be a member of the EU.
Mr Skates should be paying to attention  because   Martin Schulz, one of its most powerful players in Brussles , made clear the UK could not have access to the European single market without accepting the free movement of people, saying the two principles were “inseparable”.

Speaking to an audience at the London School of Economics, the President of the European Parliament, branded Britain’s decision to quit the European Union a "disaster" for Britain and the 28-member bloc.
Mr Schulz told the LSE:
 "I see a clear majority in the European Parliament for insisting that the fundamental freedoms are inseparable ie no freedom of movement for goods, capital and services, without free movement of persons.
"I refuse to imagine a Europe where lorries and hedge funds are free to cross borders but citizens cannot. To claim now that the vote is a clear popular mandate to sacrifice single market access on the altar of ‘migration’ is simply wrong.
"

It is its his own words that  Britain "free and unfettered access" to the European Union's single market without retaining free movement of people.

Labour in Wakes have become has duplicitous as the Tories in their argument that the UK can have its cake and eat it when dealing with  the EU and that we can have access to the EU without  agreeing to EU rules.

But in taking the same stance as the Tories and Ukip over the Free movement of people they are pandering to the prejudices  and petty nationalism of the electorate.

In may be the views of the majority but it is the duty of politicians not to follow the Mob but put forward a different policy an to convince them that is is the way to move forward.




1 comment:

  1. "In may be the views of the majority but it is the duty of politicians not to follow the Mob but put forward a different policy an to convince them that is is the way to move forward" exactly Glyn, and it is to the great credit of plaid, the greens and the snp that they have refused to ape the bigots of ukip on the important and progressive principle of the free movement of people.

    Also very disappointing to see Corbyn's labour coming out in support of Trident today
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/26/labour-clear-on-trident-renewal-says-shadow-defence-secretary-clive-lewis-nato

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