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Alun Cairns voted for ‘compromise’ no deal Brexit

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns joined several other cabinet ministers – and most Welsh Conservative MPs – in backing a Brexit plan that was rejected by the House of Commons.

It would have seen the UK leaving the EU without a deal, after a short delay until May. Afterwards Britain would have sought a series of “standstill agreements” whilst a permanent relationship was negotiated.

Mr Cairns was one of six Welsh Conservative MPs to back the plan, which was seen as a compromise between the different wings of the party. The six were:

  • Alun Cairns, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Chris Davies, Brecon & Radnorshire
  • David Davies, Monmouth
  • Glyn Davies, Montgomeryshire
  • Simon Hart, Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire
  • David Jones, Clwyd West

Two Welsh Conservatives, the Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb and Preseli Pembrokeshire’s Stephen Crabb, voted against the idea. Mr Bebb, who wants a “people’s vote” referendum on Brexit, voted to rule out a no deal Brexit completely.

That proposal was passed with the support of all Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru MPs. Mr Crabb abstained in that vote and warned of a “deep dark hole” without the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.

Theresa May

Theresa May said that unless her twice-rejected withdrawal agreement was finally approved, she could be left asking the EU for a much longer delay to Brexit.

She added that the UK would then be obliged to take part in this year’s European Parliament elections.

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