Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price says Brexit must be stopped

The first consequence of Adam Price’s leadership of Plaid Cymru became clear on Friday when he aligned his party with the forces demanding a People’s Vote on Brexit.

Under Plaid Cymru’s previous leader Leanne Wood, the party was ambiguous about calling for a vote. She appeared constrained by her Rhondda constituency that voted Leave. She was also empathetic with Jeremy Corbyn’s wing of the Labour Party which regards the EU as a capitalist club hostile to workers’ rights.

Price, a miners’ son from the Amman Valley, cut decisively through such hesitations in his first address to Plaid Cymru’s conference at Cardigan. He said Brexit would be disastrous for the Welsh economy and should be stopped by every means possible.

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says Brexit must be stopped

“We have to be honest with our people too about the destructive potential of a brittle, bitter Brexit,” he said.

“As the first openly gay man to lead this party, and indeed any party in Wales … I am a modern, inclusive leader,” said Price. “No one will be left behind. There will be no second-class travellers on our journey to a confident, prosperous and independent Wales.”

Price, the assembly member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, said the leadership contest result showed the party was ready to “believe again”. The miner’s son added: “All members must dig deep. Each of us must grab a shovel. We must mine a new seam of confidence and reopen with toil, tenacity and tenderness the deep-running vein of passion, patriotism and purpose that we know runs though the country of this great nation.”

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster group leader, Liz Saville Roberts, said the leadership election had been energising. She said: “I look forward to working with Adam Price to take the fight to the Labour Welsh government in Cardiff and the Tories in Westminster.

“Between our membership and supporters there is a spirit for change: to raise confidence and ambition, to perceive independence as the natural protection against looming threats, and as an assertion of faith in a future of our own making.”

Price was an MP for nearly a decade before leaving to study at Harvard in the US. He retuned to frontline politics in 2016. During his time in the Commons he hit the headlines when he tried to impeach Tony Blair over the Iraq war.

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