UKIP Wales Debate: Membership of the European Single Market – Brexit

Jan 11, 2017 | Articles, Assembly Issues, International, UK Issues, UKIP | 0 comments

Plenary Tuesday 11th January 2017

17:52:20

No point expecting a sensible or even consistent line from Jeremy Corbyn. He changes his opinions sometimes by the hour, and is obviously clueless on this issue, as on many others.

17:52:20 Gareth Bennett Many people would agree that a major factor in the Brexit vote was public anxiety over immigration. That is not just the conclusion of me and my colleagues in UKIP, it is also the view of Theresa May, previously a ‘remainer’ of course, and the Conservative Government at Westminster. It is also the view of the First Minister here in Cardiff Bay, who has told the Chamber on myriad occasions that immigration was a major issue on the doorstep during the referendum campaign. It seems that only Plaid Cymru is unwilling to accept this reality, or at least they don’t want to do anything in practical terms to confront that reality by trying to restrict immigration. So, Plaid’s oft-stated desire to keep freedom of movement needs to be kicked into touch. Labour don’t seem to know where they are on this. No point expecting a sensible or even consistent line from Jeremy Corbyn. He changes his opinions sometimes by the hour, and is obviously clueless on this issue, as on many others.

Gareth Bennett The problem for the First Minister, who seems slightly more coherent, relatively speaking, is this: does he think that access to the single market is more important as an issue than freedom of movement, and will his view in any event carry any weight at all with the Labour frontbench at Westminster?

Gareth Bennett UKIP’s position remains that an end to uncontrolled immigration into the UK from the EU is the paramount objective. That is because we believe that this issue was the paramount concern of those who voted to leave.