11 Sep 2017Press Release
Statement by Albert Owen on voting against the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on Second Reading
Tonight I intend to support the reasoned amendment in the name of the Opposition and vote against the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that has put down by the Government.
In the June election campaign I made it clear that I would fight for a sensible Brexit for Ynys Môn, Wales and the UK, and to oppose the Government when I believe it is not acting in the interest of the Country.
The Government’s Bill is an attempt to undermine the UK’s sovereign Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and to concentrate power in the hands of individual ministers. This undercuts both parliamentary democracy and the will of the people, who in June 2017 took away the Conservative’s majority, mandate and moral authority.
In the 2016 EU Referendum I said I would respect and accept the result, and I voted for Article 50 in Parliament. In the 2017 election I said I would hold the Government to account and fight for the best deal for my constituents and the country. In voting for the Labour amendment I am honouring both and upholding the Party manifesto and the personal standpoint which I was elected on.