First Minister ‘chasing headlines’ with Brexit grandstanding

The First Minister has been accused of chasing headlines after using a trip to Norway to repeat his calls for ‘unfettered access’ to the EU single market.

The First Minister has previously accepted that the UK public voted for the repatriation of powers over immigration – yet it is widely accepted that the free movement of goods and services comes hand-in-hand with the movement of people.

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, accused Mr Jones of wanting to have his cake and eat it.

He said:

“This is typical grandstanding from the First Minister, who appears to be unconcerned with political reality.

“It is widely accepted on both sides of the channel that you cannot have unfettered access to the single market without accepting the free movement of people.

“Yet the first Minister is currently making access an absolute red line, whilst simultaneously claiming to accept the need for the repatriation of immigration controls.

“He cannot have his cake and eat it.

“Instead of chasing headlines, the Welsh Government should be focused on working with the UK government to achieve the best possible deal for Wales.”

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