Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and Parliamentary candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire Jane Dodds has accused Chris Davies MP of betraying his constituents.
Yesterday Chris Davies voted in the indicative votes for the UK to leave the European Union without a deal on April 12th. Earlier today in Parliament he asked the Minister of State for Fishing and Farming, Robert Goodwill, about the future of farmers in Brecon and Radnorshire after Brexit.
Liberal Democrat DEFRA spokesperson Alistair Carmichael challenged the Government’s no deal planning which he described as “catastrophic” for rural communities.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire Jane Dodds commented:
We’ve long known a no deal Brexit threatens the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities right across Wales, but especially in Brecon and Radnorshire.
Chris Davies betrayed his constituents last night when he put his ideological pursuit of Brexit ahead of their interests. An MP should be a champion for their communities, not someone who wilfully votes to inflict pain upon them.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats always have, and always will, stand up for our rural communities. We are proud to be leading the campaign for an Exit from Brexit, because the best deal for our farmers, and the whole of Wales, is the one we already have as members of the European Union.
Liberal Democrat DEFRA Spokesperson Mr. Carmichael said:
For Brexiteers to talk about the post-Brexit farming industry being of “paramount importance” while cheerfully voting for a no-deal Brexit that could destroy it, smacks of hypocrisy. Our hill farmers need to realise that those who promote no-deal Brexit are not on their side. They are prepared to damage the livelihoods of our livestock farmers to pursue their Brexit unicorns.
The test for any deal the Government comes back with for our rural communities, must be whether it allows them to continue to access key European export markets. No-deal clearly fails that fundamental test and will make our farmers and crofters worse off.