15 December 2020 – today’s press releases

  • Government’s failure to secure land at Holyhead for border checks is a shocking show of unpreparedness say Welsh Lib Dems
  • Labour’s failure to stand up for Wales and devolution in key amendment during Internal Market Bill is shocking say Welsh Lib Dems

Government’s failure to secure land at Holyhead for border checks is a shocking show of unpreparedness say Welsh Lib Dems

With just 16 days until the end of the transition period the UK Government has admitted it has failed to secure land at Holyhead to carry out the extra checks on vehicles entering the country leading to fears of gridlock in the area.

In answer to a question from Lib Dem Peer Roger Roberts the UK Government admitted that “No land has yet been purchased [and that] two potential sites have been identified in partnership with the Welsh Government and commercial discussions are under way.”

Speaking following his parliamentary question Lord Roger Roberts said:

This just shows how unprepared the United Kingdom is for Brexit and how little most Ministers in London care about the impact.

The government need to admit that they’ve messed up here. They are actively pursuing a course that is utterly at odds with the wellbeing of the nation.

Welsh Liberal Democrats candidate for North Wales in next year’s Senedd election Chris Twells said:

The Government said we would be ready, they said we would be prepared, and we are clearly not. There’s next to no chance of this land sale being agreed and finalised before New Year’s Eve.

This final confirmation will mean absolute chaos in Holyhead in just a few weeks’ time.

Labour’s failure to stand up for Wales and devolution in key amendment during Internal Market Bill is shocking say Welsh Lib Dems

Yesterday (Mon 14th Dec) in The House of Lords, The Labour Party failed to stand up for Wales and devolution when the abstained in a key vote regarding the State Aid in the Internal Market Bill.

They key amendment which had the support of the Welsh and Scottish Governments was defeated by 99 votes – after 170 of Labour’s 177 peers, including all Welsh Labour Peers failed to vote.

Speaking following the defeat Lord German said:

With just 16 days until the end of the transition period the Labour Party has abandoned Wales and other devolved governments. This amendment was designed to continue discussions with Devolved Governments on the application of State Aid rules across the UK for 18 months. This is important since it gives the power to the Welsh Government to provide help by paying for support to companies and providing skills training, in the way it does now under EU spending rules.

EU money doesn’t count as State Aid – who knows what rules we will now be stuck with when the Tory Government decides what we can do! When it comes to the crunch Labour couldn’t be bothered to support its own party in government in Wales.

The UK Government has promised to consult with the Welsh Government, but the UK Government is under no obligation to seek their consent, which in practice means the UK Government could well ignore the wishes of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Ministers and devolved legislatures.

We had a real chance to defeat the government here and install some common sense. It would have protected Welsh democracy and ensured that there was agreement between Wales and the UK government. Labour has let down Wales and ensured that the Conservatives get their hands on money that until now was directed by the Welsh Government.

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4 Comments

  • Steve Trevethan 16th Dec '20 - 9:09am

    Might inter party cooperation be more appropriately considered as policy/attitude rather than a set of particular instances?
    Might our non cooperation with the Labour prior to the last election be comparable to this instance of a lack of cooperation?

  • Peter Watson 16th Dec '20 - 2:37pm

    Not sure if there is a correct thread for this but I just wanted to thank and congratulate the LDV team for getting the “Recent Comments” section working again. 🙂

  • Catherine Jane Crosland 16th Dec '20 - 2:50pm

    I’d like to join Peter Watson in thanking the Lib Dem Voice team for getting the “recent comments” back 🙂 It is really useful to see if there are new comments on a discussion you have been following

  • George Thomas 16th Dec '20 - 8:00pm

    Really glad to see the Internal Market Bill challenged by the Lib Dems. It may not matter as much internationally as the headline grabbing threat of breaking the law but devolution has been part of the UK since roughly 1853 so this bill breaking the internal structure of the UK is no joke. In fact, given that it means about the dominance of English nationalists over the UK and how it will fuel nationalists in devolved nations, if you’re supporting the Internal Market Bill as it is you cannot be considered to be a pro-union party. It’s just a pity that we’re talking about State Aid rules only and not looking to throw out the whole thing.

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