Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Plaid Cymru & Lib Dems agree 'Pro-EU' General Election pact in Wales

Plaid Cymru & Lib Dems agree 'Pro-EU' General Election pact in Wales

The three parties have signed off on the tie-up, which covers 49 seats in England and 11 in Wales, after months of talks aimed at thrashing out an anti-Brexit pact.

In England, the Liberal Democrats will have a run at 40 seats, including London target seats Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Finchley and Golders Green.

The Green party will not be challenged by the Lib Dems in Brighton Pavillion, which is being defended by Caroline Lucas.

"We are putting party politics aside in the interest of our country and [we have] cemented a cross-party arrangement whereby remain-voting parties in England and Wales are working together to back one remain candidate".

'With a single Remain candidate in each of these seats we can deliver a greater number of MPs into Parliament.

The deal, brokered by the Unite To Remain group, follows an agreement earlier this year in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, where the Lib Dems took the seat from the Conservatives after the other two parties stood aside.

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The template for Unite to Remain's plan was the Brecon and Radnorshire byelection in Wales in August, where the decision by the Green Party and Plaid Cymru to stand aside for the Liberal Democrat helped to overturn the Conservatives' majority of 8,000 and install a Remain candidate.

Launching its election campaign on Wednesday, Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley said he hoped the deal would lead to a big "Remain party bloc in the Parliament" but admitted some local party branches were against the idea of standing aside for a Lib Dem or Plaid Cymru candidate. The Greens had one MP while Plaid had four.

The Unite to Remain agreement as set up by former Conservative Heidi Allen, prior to her joining the Liberal Democrats, and aims to ensure as many MPs from pro-Remain parties are given a clear run in the upcoming election. "This is our opportunity to tip the balance of power away from the two largest parties and into the progressive remain alliance".

On why Labour was excluded from the pacts, she said: "Labour are not a Remain party unequivocally".

He said: "We are going to have a majority Labour government - we don't need any pacts".

Whereas the Liberal Democrats have said they will cancel Brexit, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn is adamant he wants to respect the result of the referendum but simply wants to renegotiate the deal to improve workers' rights and environmental protection.

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