Kirsty Williams breaks ranks with Welsh Government to oppose Brexit trade deal

We’ve brought you reports from the Commons, the Lords and Holyrood debates on the Brexit trade deal today already.
In Wales, Lib Dem Education Minister Kirsty Williams broke ranks with her Labour colleagues to support an amendment to the government’s own motion which reaffirms the longstanding Liberal Democrat policy to vote against the deal. The amendment which Kirsty specifically voted for stated that she:
Does not support the UK Government’s deal and calls on Wales’ representatives in the UK Parliament to vote accordingly.
Labour dodged making a decision on this and abstained. But Wales’ sole Liberal Democrat voice stood up for her convictions, as you would expect.
We are really going to miss Kirsty when she stands down from the Senedd at the end of its term in March.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • George Thomas 31st Dec '20 - 10:21am

    It feels as if Welsh Labour and Keir Starmer have inferred that opposing this government takes away their opportunity to make better decisions and claim them as their own instead leading to a hardened response and potentially reprisal further down the road. True, the UK government is (probably) more powerful than it’s ever been, and changes yet to come in are only going to make the Conservatives stronger, but they’re making decisions that will undoubtedly make Wales much, much weaker and only a handful of Welsh politician’s are standing up to them when they do. How sad a state of affairs and sadder still the one named is retiring soon.

  • Charles Smith 1st Jan '21 - 8:37pm

    Britain has completed its economic break from the European Union, ending its 48-year partnership with the trading bloc and starting a new and more distant relationship with its continental neighbours.

    The formal move came at 11 p.m. local time Thursday in London. The U.K. left the single market and customs union, which allows people, goods and services to flow freely across more than two dozen European countries.

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